Del Fava boosts Italy
February 18, 2010
Carlo Antonio del Fava has returned to the Italy squad © Getty Images
Italy's Six Nations hopes have been boosted with a surprise return to fitness for Carlo Antonio del Fava.
The Viadana lock was expected to miss at least a month of action after undergoing knee surgery but has been named in the Azzurri's 30-man squad to face Scotland in Rome on February 27.
Also named in the squad is Rugby Roma fullback Paolo Buso, who won his sole cap two years ago as a replacement against Wales in Cardiff.
Manoa Vosawai, Simone Favaro, Michele Sepe and Matteo Pratichetti are the other additions to the 24-man squad for Sunday's defeat to England.
Italy squad: Ricardo Bocchino (Rovigo), Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Paolo Buso (Viadana), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont), Andrea Masi (Racing Metro Paris), Luke McLean (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Treviso), Craig Gower (Bayonne), Kaine Robertson (Viadana), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Tito Tebaldi (Gran Parma), Pablo Canavosio (Viadana), Paul Derbyshire (Petrarca Padova), Matteo Pratichetti (Viadana) Michele Sepe (Viadana); Matias Aguero (Saracens), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Marco Bortolami (Gloucester), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Carlo Antonio Del Fava (Viadana), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Viadana), Valerio Bernabo (Rugby Roma), Simone Favaro (Rugby Parma), Salvatore Perugini (Bayonne), Josh Sole (Viadana), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Fabio Ongaro (Saracens), Manoa Vosawai (Rugby Parma).
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