Friday 20 July 2018

Italy make two changes

Nick Mallett
Nick Mallett

Italy coach Nick Mallett has been forced to make two changes to his 24-man squad ahead of the RBS 6 Nations match against England in Rome on Sunday.

Valerio Bernabo and Pablo Canavosio return to the national team in place of Carlo Antonio Del Fava and Simon Picone who were both unavailable for selection after they sustained injuries during training this week.

Del Fava suffered a right knee injury and is set to undergo an operation that will sideline him for at least a month.

Mallett will wait until Friday to name his starting XV.

Italy lost their opening match to reigning Six Nations champions Ireland 29-11 at Croke Park last weekend.

Italy squad: Ricardo Bocchino (Rovigo), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont), Andrea Masi (Racing Metro Paris), Luke McLean (Benetton Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Treviso), Craig Gower (Bayonne), Kaine Robertson (Viadana), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Tito Tebaldi (Gran Parma), Pablo Canavosio (Viadana), Paul Derbyshire (Petrarca Padova); Matias Aguero (Saracens), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Marco Bortolami (Gloucester), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Viadana), Valerio Bernabo (Rugby Roma), Salvatore Perugini (Bayonne), Josh Sole (Viadana),  Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso), Fabio Ongaro (Saracens).

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