Italy coach Pierre Berbizier has made three changes to his starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations Championship clash against Wales in Cardiff.
Full-back Cristian Stoica is omitted for Saturday in favour of Overmach Parma's Ezio Galan in a solitary switch behind the scrum following the 37-12 defeat against France a fortnight ago.
Up front, injured Stade Francais flanker Mauro Bergamasco is replaced by Maurizio Zaffiri - with Agen lock Santiago Dellape returning to the second row instead of Carlo Del Fava.
Both Stoica and Del Fava are on the bench as Italy look for a first victory in this season's tournament.
Italy team to play Wales in the RBS 6 Nations Championship in Cardiff on Saturday:
E Galon (Overmach Parma); P Canavosio (Calvisano), G Canale (Clermont Auvergne), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), L Nitoglia (Calvisano); R Pez (Perpignan), P Griffen (Calvisano); S Perugini (Calvisano), F Ongaro (Treviso), C Nieto (Viadana), S Dellape (Agen), M Bortolami (Narbonne, capt), S Parisse (Stade Francais), M Zaffiri (Calvisano), J Sole (Viadana).
Replacements: C Festuccia (Gran Parma), A Lo Cicero (L'Aquila), M Castrogiovanni (Calvisano), C Del Fava (Bourgoin), A Zanni (Calvisano), S Picone (Treviso), C Stoica (Montpellier).
England Under-18 head coach John Fletcher insists his young side will be better for the experience after beating Italy in the bronze final to round out their 2015 Rugby Europe U18 Championship campaign in style.