Sergio Parisse will lead Italy once again as part of Jacques Brunel's 30-man squad for the Six Nations which will start against Ireland.
Tommaso Allan and Robert Barbieri have been released by Italy ahead of Saturday's clash with South Africa in Padua.
Ireland have equalled their best ever position of third in the IRB World Rankings, a position they last occupied in November 2006.
Italy's clash with Argentina in Genoa will not take place on Saturday because of the bad weather expected to hit the region.
Italy have made just one change to their starting lineup for Saturday's Test against Argentina in Genoa.
Argentina will be without skipper Agustín Creevy for Saturday's clash with Italy in Genoa because of a thigh injury.
Disciplined Zebre pair Leonardo Sarto and Dario Chistolini have been selected for Italy's November opener against Samoa in Ascoli.
Italy captain Sergio Parisse is eager to begin their November series with a win over Samoa before tackling Argentina and South Africa....
The International Rugby Board have embarked on a major rebranding programme and will become World Rugby from November 19.
The IRB announced it is to integrate inductees from the International Rugby Hall of Fame within its own IRB Hall of Fame property.
Italy remained winless in 2014 after crashing to a third loss in June with a 26-23 defeat against Japan in Tokyo on Saturday.
After rusty performances last weekend, both Samoa and Italy will be out to prove a point when they do battle in Apia on Saturday.
Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has rung the changes to his starting line-up for Saturday's international against Samoa in Apia.
Samoa have made a handful of changes to their starting line-up that will tackle Italy in an international match at Apia Park on Saturday....
Italy start their three-Test tour against Fiji in Suva on Saturday and have a big point to prove as they are yet to win a Test in 2014....
Italy coach Jacques Brunel has made five alterations to his starting line-up ahead of Saturday's international with Fiji in Suva.
Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has named a 30-man squad for his side's three Tests during June.