O'Shea names squad
Italy coach Conor O'Shea kept most of his November internationals squad intact when he named his 32 men for the Six Nations yesterday.
Two more Zebre Rugby players will join the squad, tighthead prop Dario Chistolini, who replaced Benetton Treviso's Simone Ferrari, sidelined with an injury, as well as uncapped second-row Federico Ruzza.
"The group that we've seen in November has worked very well. For us it is important to give continuity to our work and increase the experience of the squad," the Irish coach said.
It will be the 13th Six Nations for Argentina-born flanker Sergio Parisse, Italy's most capped player with 121 appearances.
Italy great Martin Castrogiovanni will not be joining the squad as he announced in December that he would retire from the national team.