"I enjoyed being back at nine. I was pretty comfortable in there. I've held onto my place and hopefully I can build on that this week, keep the jersey for longer, and get that win that we desperately want," he told reporters.
"I'd now say scrum-half is my out-and-out position. First and foremost, I want to play as a nine. I'd fill in elsewhere if required, I won't shy away from that, but nine is my preferred position."
Italy opened their campaign with a 23-18 win over France.