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Test Preview – Italy v Russia


Italy will host Russia in this weeks test match after they lost last week against Ireland.

They could not build on the good start they had against Ireland as they loss their eight straight test match in a row.

They will be hoping to end that this weekend against Russia but have mixed up the side from last weekends test against Ireland.

Minozzi is the only player that kept his place in the team this weekend.

Russia will be going to this years World Cup for just their second World Cup.

They did not had a good European Nations Cup earlier this year and will be hoping to get a good showing in this weekend against the Italians.

This will be Russia first test against a Tier 1 test side outside of World Cup and qualifying matches.

Italy should win this one but can not be complacent going into this test this weekend.


Italy: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Matteo Minozzi, 10 Tommaso Allan, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Jake Polledri, 6 Abraham Steyn, 5 Federico Ruzza, 4 David Sisi, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: 16 Federico Zani, 17 Simone Ferrari, 18 Marco Riccioni, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Sebastian Negri, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Carlo Canna, 23 Edoardo Padovani

Russia: 15 Vasily Artemyev, 14 German Davydov, 13 Vladimir Ostrouhsko, 12 Dmitry Gerasimov, 11 Kirill Golosnitsky, 10 Ramil Gaisin, 9 Dmitry Perov, 8 Viktor Gresev, 7 Tagir Gadzhiev, 6 Nikita Vavilin, 5 Andrei Ostrikov, 4 Andrei Garbuzov, 3 Kirill Gotovtsev, 2 Stanislav Selsky, 1 Valery Morozov

Replacements: 16 Evgeny Matveev, 17 Andrei Polivalov, 18 Vladimir Podrezov,19 Bogdan Fedotko, 20 Vitaly Zhivatov, 21 Vasily Dorofeev, 22 Yuri Kushnarev, 23 Vladislav Sozonov

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