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Italian coach Franco Smith made just one change on Thursday to the squad Ireland beat this weekend for Saturday’s delayed Six Nations against England

Matteo Minozzi replaces Jayden Hayward at the back after missing the 50-17 loss to Dublin because he played for the Wasps in the English Premiership final

Otherwise, Smith has stuck with a side that are assured of a fifth successive wooden spoon and face a tough afternoon against an English side that can take the title with a bonus point victory

He kept the confidence of 20-year-old Paolo Garbisi, who scored 12 of Italy’s 17 points on his debut against the Irish

He is the latest addition to an inexperienced team in which 10 of 23 have less than 10 test caps

« We are a young team, who want to emerge, » Smith said in a press release from the Italian Rugby Federation

« In Ireland there were some highlights of our game and some positive elements, but we are aware that we have a lot of work to do »

The Italians, who haven’t won a match in the tournament since 2015, have conceded 144 points in the opening four games, scoring 39

Matteo Minozzi; Eduardo Padovani, Luca Morisi, Carlo Canna, Mattia Bellini; Paolo Garbisi, Marcello Violi; Jake Polledri, Braam Steyn, Sebastian Negri, Niccolo Cannone, Marco Lazzaroni, Giosue Zilocchi, Luca Bigi, Danillo Fischetti

Substitutes: Gianmarco Lucchesi, Simone Ferrari, Pietro Ceccarelli, Dave Sisi, Johan Meyer, Maxime Mbanda, Guglielmo Palazzani, Federico Mori

The Italian national rugby union team, Matteo Minozzi, Six Nations Championship, Wasps RFC, England, Franco Smith

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