Italy boss Conor O’shea has made 13 changes to his side that will face Ireland at Soldier Field in Chicago on Saturday.
Among the players that remain in the starting line up from their last game is outside centre Michele Campagnaro who will captain the side. The other one is tighthead prop Tiziano Pasquali. The rest of the squad will consist of inexperienced players with South African-born flanker Johan Meyer set for his debut.
“We have a very difficult challenge against Ireland, who in the past created problems that we did not manage properly,” O’Shea told Reuters.
“But we will give 100 percent on the field. We are ambitious and we want to show our game. It will be important for us to put in a physically strong performance.”
The last time the Azzurri were in action was in June where they managed a 25-22 win over Japan at Noevir Stadium in Kobe.
Italy: 15 Luca Sperandio, 14 Mattia Bellini, 13 Michele Campagnaro (c), 12 Luca Morisi, 11 Giulio Bisegni, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Tito Tebaldi, 8 Rento Giammarioli, 7 Bram Steyn, 6 Johan Meyer, 5 George Fabio Biagi, 4 Marco Fuser, 3 Tiziano Pasquali, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Nicola Quaglio
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Cherif Traore, 18 Giosue Zilocchi, 19 Marco Lazzaroni, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Jimmy Tuivatti, 22 Guglielmo Palazzani, 23 Ian McKinley