and Marcos Ayerza completed the stirring comeback.
Cole learned his trade under Castrogiovanni
but now wants to be the main man - and he will have a point to prove this weekend in what is expected to be a ferocious front-row battle.
Italy's strength lies in a pack featuring the likes of Martin Castrogiovanni
and, with heavy rain forecast, Johnson has opted to match muscle with muscle.
The Tigers pack has been decimated, with Jordan Crane (knee), Brett Deacon (foot), Craig Newby (hamstring), Lewis Moody (ankle) and Martin Corry (suspension) all sidelined plus Julian White, Martin Castrogiovanni
and Benjamin Kayser on Six Nations duty.
was at the base of a rolling maul to bag a 57th-minute touchdown for Italy and Andrea Marcato booted eight points but it wasn't enough.
Rees' second poor line-out missed the jump of Ian Evans and Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni
stole the ball at the tail to beat the tackle of Wales skipper Ryan Jones and Peel to score.
The Tigers scored two tries in either half for the win with Sam Vesty, Seru Rabeni, Martin Castrogiovanni
and Julian White touching down.
Toulon already have two worldclass tight-heads on their books in former All Black Carl Hayman and Italian international Martin Castrogiovanni
Leicester Tigers prop Martin Castrogiovanni
has recovered from a fractured rib that saw him miss the last two games and will start this weekend.
GEORDAN Murphy has revealed Leicester team-mate Martin Castrogiovanni
has been hounding him with foul text messages ahead of the Ireland and Italy clash.
Bergamasco, Gower, Tebaldi, Perugini, Ghiraldini, Castrogiovanni
, Geldenhuys, Bortolami, Sole, M.
CIAN HEALY bristles at criticism of Ireland's scrum and is eager to establish his own reputation by routing Martin Castrogiovanni
at Croke Park tomorrow.