Kenya U-20 players celebrate during the clash against Namibia. Photo Courtesy/Denis Acre-Half

Kenya U20 ace called up in Italy junior Six Nations Squad


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Kenya Under 20 youngster Michele Brighetti has been handed a call up in Italy under 20 ahead of the Six Nations clashes against Wales and France.

The back who featured in Kenya Under 20 squad that conquered Africa beating Namibia 21-18 at KCB Sports Club to qualify for the World Junior Trophy and also featured in the tournament which was held in Brazil has made the Italian 24-man Squad.

Players who are yet to make full senior debut but have played for junior side are eligible to switch sides according World Rugby Rules.

Italian Under 20 National Team Technical Manager Fabio Roselli is expected to lead the youngsters in Montichiari in training on Monday 27 January and Tuesday before leaving for Wales on Wednesday.

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They will face Wales on Friday 31 January at Colwyn Bay in the opening match. On Saturday 1 February the team led by Roselli will return to Italy, to Rome, where preparation for the second match in the tournament will continue.

The departure for France is scheduled for Wednesday 5 February, while the Azzurrini will take the field on Friday 7 February to face the Frenchmen at Aix-en-Provance.

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Michele Brighetti receives Kenya Rugby Union official wear. Phot Courtesy

This is the list of players called up:

Pylons
Filippo ALONGI (Mogliano Rugby 1969) **
Matteo DRUDI (Frascati Rugby Club 2015) *
Lorenzo MICHELINI (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano) **
Ion NECULAI (Union Knights) *
hookers
Matteo BALDELLI (Cavalieri Union) *
Gianmarco LUCCHESI (Lions Amaranto) *
Second Lines
Riccardo FAVRETTO (Mogliano Rugby 1969)
Nathanel PANOZZO (Argos Petrarca) *
Andrea ZAMBONIN (Rangers Vicenza) *
Third Lines
Luca ANDREANI (Lower Bresciana Leno) *
Lorenzo CANNONE (Florentia Rugby) *
Angelo MAURIZI (Polisportiva L’Aquila Rugby) *
Manuel ZULIANI (Rugby country) *
Melee medians
Manfredi ALBANESE (SS Lazio Rugby 1927)
Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester Rugby)
Opening medians
Paolo GARBISI (Argos Petrarca) ** – captain
Mattia FERRARIN (Udine Rugby) *
Centers
Giulio BERTACCINI (Valorugby Emilia) **
Michele BRIGHETTI (Ivan Francescato National Academy) *
Federico MORI (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano) **
Ali / Extremes
Luca BORIN (FEMI-CZ Rovigo) *
Cristian LAI (7 Fradis Rugby) *
Michel MBA (Fiamme Oro Rugby) **
Jacopo TRULLA (Kawasaki Robot Calvisano) **
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