ROME (AP) — Fiji-born Manoa Vosawai will replace suspended captain Sergio Parisse at No. 8 when Italy hosts Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Earning his 93rd cap, prop Martin Castrogiovanni will be captain for the game at the Stadio Olimpico. Parisse will miss the rest of the Six Nations after he received a 30-day ban for insulting a referee in a French Top 14 game with Stade Francais.
Following a win over France and a loss to Scotland, Italy coach Jacques Brunel also made three other changes. Kristopher Burton replaces Luciano Orquera at flyhalf and Edoardo Gori comes in for Tobias Botes at scrumhalf.
Also, Antonio Pavanello will make his first Six Nations start at No. 4, replacing Quintin Geldenhuys.
Italy: Andrea Masi, Giovanbattista Venditti, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Luke McLean, Kristopher Burton, Edoardo Gori; Manoa Vosawai, Simone Favaro, Alessandro Zanni, Francesco Minto, Antonio Pavanello, Martin Castrogiovanni (captain), Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lo Cicero.
Reserves: Davide Giazzon, Alberto De Marchi, Lorenzo Cittadini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Paul Edward Derbyshire, Tobias Botes, Luciano Orquera, Gonzalo Garcia.