Fans of the Pro 12 will have been acutely aware of Zanni's talents for a couple of years now, but he has been somewhat quiet on the international stage despite having 72 caps to his name.
At his best when the game breaks up, he has an eye for a gap and great ability to offload in the tackle (totaling 12 for the championship).
His partnership with the brilliant Parisse caused teams havoc at times, while he is no slouch in defence, hauling back Chris Ashton with a try beckoning to keep Italy in the game.
If Italy can continue to produce forwards of this ilk, they will be well served for years to come.
Honorable mention: Sam Warburton
A push considering he played more games at No. 7 but his performance against England is worthy of recognition. Freed of the burden of captaincy, he played like a man possessed causing havoc with his partner in crime, Justin Tipuric.