Mirco Bergamasco returns for Italy

first_img Back in the groove: Mirco Bergamasco lines up a kick at goal during last year’s World CupMIRCO BERGAMASCO will make his long-awaited return from injury and line up for Italy in their RBS 6 Nations match against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday.The winger’s return is one of seven changes made by coach Jacques Brunel from the side that lost to Ireland. In the forwards, prop Andrea Lo Cicero, lock Cornelius van Zyl and flanker Fabio Semenzato come back in.The half-back pairing has changed with Fabio Semenzato and Kris Burton starting at nine and ten respectively while Gonzalo Canale returns at outside-centre.Bergamasco has also defended Burton, who has been heavily criticised, along with Tobias Botes, for Italy’s goalkicking during the championship. Bergamasco was Italy’s regular kicker before injury ruled him out of the start of the Six Nations and he says: “Kris hasn’t messed up much so far. We mustn’t point the finger at the kickers we have now. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “We’re working hard every day to try to do well every weekend. The important thing is to have competition between three or four kickers and on Saturday our kicking must be better.”ITALY TEAM TO PLAY WALES, SATURDAY 10 MARCH, MILLENNIUM STADIUM NOT FOR FEATURED 15. Andrea Masi14. Luke McLean13. Gonzalo Canale12. Alberto Sgarbi11. Mirco Bergamasco10. Kristopher Burton9. Fabio Semenzato1. Andrea Lo Cicero2. Leonardo Ghiraldini3. Lorenzo Cittadini4. Quintin Geldenhuys5. Cornelius Van Zyl6. Alessandro Zanni7. Simone Favaro8. Sergio ParisseReplacements:16 Tommaso D’Apice17 Fabio Staibano18 Marco Bortolami19 Robert Barbieri20 Tobias Botes21 Tommaso Benvenuti22 Giulio Toniolattilast_img read more