Castro skippers the Azzurri
LEICESTER prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been handed the captaincy in the absence of Sergio Parrise for Italy's clash with Wales at the Stadio Olimpico tomorrow.
The Tigers tight-head will lead his country for the third time as the Azzurri look to overcome the massive loss of Parisse, who has been suspended for 30 days for abusing a referee while playing for his club Stade Francais in the French Top 14 last weekend.
Fly-half Luciano Orquera and scrum-half Tobias Botes are relegated to the bench in the wake of the 34-10 defeat to Scotland with Kris Burton and Edoardo Gori handed the chance to impress.
The pair are among 10 Treviso players in the starting line-up.
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Elsewhere, Antonio Pavanello is preferred to Quintin Geldenhuys, while Fijian-born Manoa Vosawai is given the task of filling Parisse's No. 8 jersey.