Italy coach Conor O'shea. Photo Courtesy.

Conor O’shea names 31 man Italian squad for Six Nations


Italy head coach Conor O’shea has named a 31 man training squad ahead of their six nations campaign that begins in February.

Among the notable inclusions is Former Bath and London Irish forward David Sisi who could make his first appearence for Italy having represented the England U20s 14 times. The 25 year old lock  currently plays for Zebre.

Italy will kick off their six nations campaign against Scotland on February 2 in Edinburgh before facing wales a week later at home in Rome.

“As ever there have been some difficult selection decisions but we are looking forward to getting the group back together and continuing to work towards not just been competitive but winning at the highest level.

“The Six Nations this year has probably never seen so many squads operating at the very highest level. We know the challenge but also know when we get our levels to where they need to be we can be more than just competitive but we need to work even harder now to ensure the big moments in these matches go our way.” O’Shea said.

FORWARDS

Simone Ferrari (Benetton Rugby)

Andrea Lovotti (Zebre Rugby)

Tiziano Pasquali (Benetton Rugby)

Cherif Traore (Benetton Rugby)

Giosuè Zilocchi (Zebre Rugby)

Luca Bigi (Benetton Rugby)

Leonardo Ghiraldini (Stade Toulousian)

Dean Budd (Benetton Rugby)

Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby)

David Sisi (Zebre Rugby Club)

Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Rugby)

Marco Barbini (Benetton Rugby)

Maxime Mbanda (Zebre Rugby Club)

Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby)

Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais)

Abraham Jurgens Steyn (Benetton Rugby)

Jimmy Tuivaiti (Zebre Rugby)

BACKS

Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre Rugby

Tito Tebaldi (Benetton Rugby)

Tommaso Allan (Benetton Rugby)

Carlo Canna (Zebre Rugby)

Ian McKinley (Benetton Rugby)

Giulio Bisegni (Zebre Rugby)

Michele Campagnaro (Wasps)

Tommaso Castello (Zebre Rugby)

Luca Morisi (Benetton Rugby)

Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton Rugby)

Angelo Esposito (Benetton Rugby)

Jayden Hayward (Benetton Rugby)

Edoardo Padovani (Zebre Rugby)

Luca Sperandio (Benetton Rugby)


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