Castrogiovanni back in the Italy mix
February 28, 2012
Martin Castrogiovanni limps from the field against England © Getty Images
Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has been recalled to the squad by Jacques Brunel ahead of their Six Nations matches with Wales and Scotland.
Castrogiovannie returns to the fold despite sustaining a cracked rib in their loss to England on February 11. And in other changes, Mirco Bergamasco returns to the fold after recovering from the shoulder injury sustained at the World Cup.
Lock Antonio Pavanello is replaced in the squad by Carlo Del Fava after he sustained an injury in their loss to Ireland on Saturday. And Mano Vosawai has also been added to the party with Mauro Bergamasco suspended.
Brunel will announce the side to face Wales on March 7.
Revised Italy squad:
Forwards: Fabio Staibano (Aironi), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), Tommaso D'Apice (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Cornelius Van Zyl (Treviso), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Carlo Del Fava (Aironi), Robert Julian Barbieri (Treviso), Manoa Vosawai (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Simone Favaro (Aironi), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso)
Backs: Fabio Semenzato (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Tobias Botes (Treviso), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont), Luca Morisi (Parma Crociati), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Giulio Toniolatti (Aironi), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro), Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi), Giovanbattista Venditti (Aironi), Andrea Masi (Aironi), Luke McLean (Treviso)
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