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While the Azzurri have yet to stamp their authority on the RBS 6 Nations competition with consistent victories their pack – led by Leicester prop Martin Castrogiovanni – has become the one of the most feared in world rugby.
Johnson admits he has put his neck on the line with his pack-dominated selection but the England supremo insists his side have what it takes to outmuscle the Azzurri.
“It could prove to be a great call or it might not be but, with the way we want to play, the front row is going to have to work very hard,” said Johnson.
“The grunt work is going to be important. A big part of the game is getting fatigue into the opposition and we expect our front five to out-work Italy.”