I stand by my earlier prediction that this is going to be Italy's best opportunity for a win and it is a very important game for both sides. But it is still going to be a very tough match - we must be careful of fatigue.
I believe the first 20 minutes will be vital and it could decide which way the match goes.
It is going to be very aggressive up front and the battle between the two front rows will be an intriguing one.
The return of Diego (Dominguez) will be very important for us because we are a very young side and he - with Alessandro Troncon and Paolo Vaccari - can give us some experience and settle the team down.
Bringing (Cristian) Stoica back is also good news because he is a quality player as well. He is very solid and physical.
As for Mauro Bergamasco who is playing on the wing instead of his normal position at flanker (John Kirwan recently compared Bergamasco to Jonah Lomu), he is a
player who can play anywhere - he's that good.
He is such a physical player that he can play in the back row, at scrum half and certainly he can do well on the wing although it is still in the back row that he has had the most experience. He is a bit of a wildman so a lot depends on his temperament.
I think it will be a very close match with great players competing for both sides. But without Quinnell and Jenkins, we must make the most of our opportunities.
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.