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These are the players that are in form at the moment so we're pretty confident in the team that will be put on the pitch. I'm sure the guys will perform with the best they can give. It's a young midfield. At number nine and ten are Pietro Travagli and Andrea Masi which is a kind of experiment because those two players need to play together. They're both inexperienced - Masi in terms of position and Travagli in terms of international performances. It's not going to be easy but I'm sure they can bring a physical presence because they're both strong and powerful. If these two players work properly than I'm pretty confident Italy can have a good performance.
Masi played in this position when he was in the youth team but that's obviously a totally different thing. He has talent, power and is strong. He'll be very good in defence but I'm not sure he can immediately give 100 per cent to the team, though I'm sure he'll put 100 per cent effort in. He just needs time and the help of the whole team.
Although this is the same team that disappointed in the World Cup it's also the same one that did so well in the last RBS 6 Nations. Nick Mallett's decision was partly due to the fact he doesn't have many options in some positions. This is the best team he can put on the pitch. Their motivation is completely different to that in the World Cup and I'm expecting that, at least in attitude, the same players will have a totally different performance.