ITALY will look to Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni to lead from the front in Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Wales in Rome.
The Tigers tight-head will captain his side for the third time in the absence of the suspended Sergio Parisse.
Parisse, the shining light of Italian rugby, has been banned for 30 days for abusing a referee while playing for Stade Francais in the French Top14 last weekend.
Fijian-born No.8 Manoa Voaswai has been handed the job of filling the No. 8 jersey for the Azzurri, while coach Jacques Brunel has also turned to Treviso for his half-back pairing with Kris Burton and Edoardo Gori replacing Luciano Orquera and Tobias Botes.
Italy: A. Masi; G. Venditti, T. Benvenuti, G. Canale, L. McLean; K. Burton, E. Gori; A. Lo Cicero, L. Ghiraldini, M. Castrogiovanni (capt), A. Pavanello, F. Minto, A. Zanni, M. Voaswai, S. Favaro. Reps: D. Gizazzon, A. de Marchi, L. Cittadini, Q. Geldenhuys, P. Derbyshire, T. Botes, L. Orquera, G. Garcia.