By Jonathan Davies

2015 - the year of Rugby in the UK

It's another Six Nations and another new fly-half for Italy as head coach Jacques Brunel hands a Championship debut to Zebre's Kelly Haimona.

The half-back positions have consistently been a problem for the Italians since joining the tournament in 2000. And Brunel is hoping Haimona will be the man to fill the void as they start their 2015 campaign in Rome against defending champions Ireland.

Four others could make their Six Nations debut; replacement hooker Andrea Manici, prop Dario Chistolini, lock Marco Fuser and scrum-half Guglielmo Palazzani. And Treviso back-row Marco Barbini is hoping for his first cap.

Sergio Parisse leads his country for a record 61st time. Only Richie McCaw, John Smit and Brian O'Driscoll have captained their countries on more occasions than Parisse.

Starting XV

Backs: Andrea Masi (Wasps), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre), Michele Campagnaro (Treviso), Luca Morisi (Treviso), Luke McLean (Sale), Kelly Haimona (Zebre), Edoardo Dori (Treviso).

Forwards: Matias Aguero (Zebre), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Leicester Tigers), Martin Castrogiovanni (Toulon), Joshua Furno (Newcastle Falcons), George Fabio Biagi (Zebre), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais).

Replacements: Andrea Manici (Zebre), Alberto De Marchi (Sale), Dario Chistolini (Zebre), Marco Fuser (Treviso), Marco Barbini (Treviso), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan), Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre).

You can see the Ireland team here.

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