Rugby: Brex to make Italy debut against France

(ANSA) – ROME, FEB 4 – Centre Juan Ignacio Brex will make his
Italy debut in their Six Nations opener against France in Rome
on Saturday after coach Franco Smith named him in his starting
line-up.
    The 28-year-old is a naturalised Italian who was born in
Argentina.
    He represented Argentina at several levels but never won a full
cap for the Pumas.
    Number 8 Michele Lamaro, meanwhile, will make his first start
for the Azzurri after making two appearances as a substitute.
    Italy are trying to end a Six Nations winless run that stretches
back to 2015.
    Italy:
Trulla; Sperandio, Zanon, Brex Ioane; Garbisi, Varney; Lamaro,
Meyer, Negri; Sisi, Lazzaroni; Riccioni, Bigi (Captain), Traoré.
    Replacements: Lucchesi, Fischetti, Zilocchi, Cannone, Ruzza,
Mbandà, Palazzani, Canna. (ANSA).
   

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