Cittadini starts for Italy on Saturday

Wasps' prop Lorenzo Cittadini has been named in the starting lineup for Italy, as they take on France on Saturday.

Cittadini has been named alongside debutants Ornel Gega and Andrea Lovotti in the front row, for the opening game of this year's RBS 6 Nations in Paris. 

The tighthead prop will be making his 45th appearance for Italy at the Stade de France on Saturday.

Italy have also named two other debutants in an inexperienced side to take on France. Petrarca winger Mattia Bellini and Mogliano full back David Odiete, will both be pulling on the Azzurri shirt for the first time. As usual, Sergio Parisse will captain the side from number eight.

Italy team to take on France 

15. David Odiete
14. Leonardo Sarto
13. Michele Campagnaro
12. Gonzalo Garcia
11. Mattia Bellini
10. Carlo Canna
9. Edoardo Gori
1. Andrea Lovotti
2. Ornel Gega
3. Lorenzo Cittadini
4. George Biagi
5. Marco Fuser
6. Francesco Minto
7. Alessandro Zanni
8. Sergio Parisse (c)

16. Davide Giazzon
17. Matteo Zanusso
18. Martin Castrogiovanni
19. Valerio Bernabo
20. Dries van Schalkwyk
21. Guglielmo Palazzani
22. Kelly Haimona
23. Luke McLean