Italy coach Pierre Berbizier has drafted Bourgoin lock Carlo-Antonio Del Fava into his first XV for Saturday's RBS 6 Nations Championship clash with France in Paris.
Del Fava, who replaces the injured Santiago Dellape in the second row, is the first alteration Berbizier has made to his starting line-up in the competition, having named unchanged teams for the matches against Ireland and England.
Valerio Bernabo had been a possibility to replace Dellape after being called up from the Italy A side, but he has had to settle for a place on the bench.
Also coming into the squad on the replacements bench are utility back Ezio Galon and number eight Alessandro Zanni with flanker Silvio Orlando and fly-half Rima Wakarua the players to make way.
Italy team: C Stoica (Montpellier); 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), C Del Fava (Bourgoin), M Bortolami (Narbonne, captain), J Sole (Viadana), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), S Parisse (Stade Francais).
Replacements: C Festuccia (Parma), A Lo Cicero (L'Aquila), M Castrogiovanni (Calvisano), V Bernabo (Calvisano), A Zanni (Calvisano), S Picone (Treviso), E Galon (Parma).
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.