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Benetton wing Luca Sperandio comes into the side to replace Mattia Bellini after the Zebre player picked up an injury following scoring his side’s only try of the match against the Wallabies.
An all-Benetton back three will start in Saturday’s clash with Jayden Hayward and Tommaso Benvenuti lining up alongside 22-year-old Sperandio.
Leonardo Ghiraldini will captain the side once again in the 14th meeting between the two nations.
New Zealand have made a raft of changes themselves ahead of the match with Italy as New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen tests his full squad’s capability.
Skipper Kieran Read, openside flanker Ardie Savea, full-back Damian McKenzie and fly-half Beauden Barrett are the only players who started the 16-9 loss in Dublin who will take to the field at the Stadio Olimpico.
All three Barrett brothers are in the starting XV with Jordie picked on the right wing and Scott brought into the second row to hand Brodie Retallick some much-earned rest.
Our focus will be on our performance. We have shown that when we have so much ambition and we follow the game plan, as happened in the last match of Six Nations against Scotland, the second Test against Japan and in the last game against Australia, we create many dangerous occasions to be able to score points.
“Our mentality must always be that of imposing our game. Last week there was a big step forward in the performance with so many actions in the 22 meters of Australia.
“The path we started two years ago is important. We have a young and promising team that believes a lot in the work we do day after day.
With Beauden Barrett riding into town inevitably Italy will have to stump up an almighty performance to nullify the All Black fly-half.
The 27-year-old has been a key figure in both of New Zealand’s last two fixtures – scoring 11 points against England and all his side’s nine points against Ireland.
His opposite number Tommaso Allan has a tough task on his hands to keep up with the flying New Zealander, but seems to have established himself as first choice this year under O’Shea despite competition from Carlo Canna and Ian McKinley.
Allan scored a stunning try in the victory against Georgia, but his kicking game could come in handy with Italy looking to spring a surprise victory.