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Italy announce squad for upcoming Autumn Internationals

Conor O’Shea, Technical Commissioner of the Italian Rugby National Team, has called-up thirty-four players for the two training sessions ahead of their Autumn Internationals.

The National will gather from Sunday 22 to Wednesday 25 October in Parma and from Sunday 29 October to Wednesday November 1 in Treviso: the Azzurri will be then reduced to thirty players at the end of the Treviso meeting in preparation for the opening match.


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The Autumn Internationals window will see Italy face Fiji on Saturday November 11th at the “Angelo Massimino” Stadium in Catania, Argentina on Saturday November 18 at the Artemio Franchi Stadium in Florence and South Africa at the Euganeo Stadium in Padua on Saturday 25 November.

Italy Squad
Props
Dario CHISTOLINI (ZEBRE Club, 18 caps)
Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 5 caps)
Andrea LOVOTTI (ZEBRE Club, 17 caps) *
Tiziano PASQUALI (Benetton Rugby, 1 ch)
Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)
Hookers
Luca BIGI (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)
Oliviero FABIANI (ZEBRE Club, 4 caps)
Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Stade Toulousain, 86 caps)
Second Row
George Fabio BIAGI (Zebre Rugby Club, 19 caps)
Dean BUDD (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)
Marco FUSER (Benetton Rugby, 24 caps) *
Marco LAZZARONI (Benetton Rugby, 1 cap) *
Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps ) *
Flanker / No.8
Renato GIAMMARIOLI (Zebre Rugby Club, debutant) *
Giovanni LICATA (Rugby Gold Rugby, Beginner) *
Maxime Mata MBANDA ‘(Zebre Rugby Club, 11 caps) *
Francesco MINTO (Benetton Rugby, 36 caps)
Sergio PARISSE Stade Francais, 126 caps) – Captain
Abraham Jurgens STEYN (Benetton Rugby, 14 caps)
Scrum-half
Edoardo GORI (Benetton Rugby, 63 caps) *
Tito TEBALDI (Benetton Rugby, 22 caps)
Marcello VIOLI (ZEBRE Club, 5 caps) *
Fly-half
Medals Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby Club, 22 caps)
Ian MCKINLEY (Benetton Rugby, Beginner)
Centres
Tommaso BENVENUTI (Benetton Rugby, 45 caps) *
Tommaso BONI (ZEBRE, Club 5 caps) *
Tommaso CASTELLO (ZEBRE Club, 2 caps)
Jayden HAYWARD (Benetton Rugby, newcomer)
Wingers
Mattia BELLINI (ZEBRE Club, 5 caps) *
Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Rugby, 14 caps) *
Leonardo SARTO (Glasgow Warriors, 32 caps) *
Giovambattista VENDITTI (ZEBRE Club, 43 caps) *
Full-back
Matteo MINOZZI (Zebre Rugby Club, Beginner) *
Edoardo PADOVANI (RC Toulon, 14 caps) *
between not considered due to injury:  Ornel GEGA (Benetton Rugby), Tommaso ALLAN (Benetton Rugby), Michele CAMPAGNARO (Exeter Chiefs), Luca MORISI (Benetton Rugby), Sami PANICO (Zebre Rugby Club), Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Rugby) Marco RICCIONI (Benetton Rugby), Nicola QUAGLIO (Benetton Rugby)

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