Rugby: Italy aim to give Wallabies 80 mins of pure intensity

Brunel makes two changes to side that caused All Blacks problems

Rugby: Italy aim to give Wallabies 80 mins of pure intensity

Rome, November 22 - Italy coach Jacques Brunel said he wants to build on his side's positive showing against New Zealand when they take on Australia in Florence on Saturday, but this time maintain the intensity for the full 80 minutes. The Azzurri caused the All Blacks plenty of problems in Rome last weekend, but collapsed in the last quarter and ended up going down 42-10, with the scoreline flattering the rugby world champions. "The match against New Zealand was very intense," Brunel told a press conference on Thursday. "We had 50% of possession and we showed lots of good things. "I want us to keep up the level we showed Saturday and do even better in terms of maintaining it. That's one of our aims," added the French coach, whose side beat Tonga 28-23 in their opening November test. "My idea of rugby is one in which we impose our game and that's what I want to see for 80 minutes. "We didn't manage to do that for the whole match against the All Blacks. "Now we'll try to respond with the same quality and play against the Wallabies with the same desire, imposing our game throughout the match". Brunel made just two changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's clash. Robert Barbieri returns as openside flanker after starting against Tonga but making way for Simone Favaro against the All Blacks. Likewise, Quintin Geldenhuys takes back his place in the second row from Antonio Pavanello. Fellow lock Francesco Minto keeps his place after making his debut against New Zealand. "The return of Barbieri in the back row and Geldenhuys in the second was dictated by the desire to have more power on the field from the start," said Brunel. "But given the spirit and attitude we showed in Rome, we didn't want to make too many changes". Australia coach Robbie Deans, meanwhile, made four changes to the side that beat England 20-14 last week. Scrumhalf Brett Sheehan replaces Nick Phipps to get his first test start. Scott Higginbotham and Stephen Moore return at blindside flanker and hooker respectively and Drew Mitchell replaces Digby Ioane on the wing. The Wallabies have won all 16 of the previous encounters between the nations. Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero. Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Michele Rizzo, 18 Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Antonio Pavanello, 20 Simone Favaro, 21 Manoa Vosawai, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean. Australia: 15-Berrick Barnes, 14-Nick Cummins, 13-Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12-Ben Tapuai, 11-Drew Mitchell, 10-Kurtley Beale, 9- Brett Sheehan; 8-Wycliff Palu, 7-Michael Hooper, 6-Scott Higginbotham, 5-Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4-Sitaleki Timani, 3-Ben Alexander, 2-Stephen Moore, 1-Benn Robinson. Replacements: 16-Tatafu Polota Nau, 17-James Slipper, 18-Sekope Kepu, 19-Dave Dennis, 20-Liam Gill, 21-Nick Phipps, 22-Mike Harris, 23-Digby Ioane.

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