Conor O'Shea changes three, keeps faith in backline for Ireland vs Italy

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Conor O'Shea has made three changes to Italy's starting XV for their Six Nations clash with Ireland, all of which come in the forward pack.

Following their 46-15 defeat to England, O'Shea has brought in Nicola Quaglio and Luca Bigi into the front row, while Braam Steyn replaces Renato Giammarioli in the back row.

Steyn missed out on the matchday 23 against England last week, but will hope to inject some energy at flanker and despite making the Italian 26 to travel to Dublin, Ian McKinley won't make a sensational Six Nations debut, barring injury, with Carlo Canna once again playing backup to Tommaso Allan at fly-half.

Italy team to face Ireland

Minozzi, Benvenuti, Boni, Castello, Bellini, Allan, Violi; Quaglio, Bigi, Ferrari, Zanni, Budd, Negri, Steyn, Parisse (captain).

Replacements: Ghiradldini, Lovotti, Pasquali, Ruzza, Mbanda, Gori, Canna, Hayward.