Italy draft in fresh faces for tour
May 15, 2012
Italy boss Jacques Brunel has named his 30-man squad for their summer tour and has included seven uncapped players in the party.
Brunel's Italy won one game in five in the 2012 Six Nations and have lined up three Tests in the Americas for June. They take on Argentina in San Juan on June 9, Canada in Toronto on June 15 and then the United States in Houston on June 23.
While the squad includes the injured Sergio Parisse - with scans on Monday suggesting that he will be out of action for five weeks - Brunel has also moved to name a host of new faces in the squad.
Aironi front-row duo Alberto De Marchi and Lorenzo Romano have been given the nod along with Treviso's back-row Francisco Minto, Rovigo hooker Davide Giazzon and Mogliano second-row Marco Fuser. Brunel has also added Treviso centre Andrea Pratichetti and Aironi's Alberto Benettin to the party.
Backs: Tito Tebaldi (Aironi), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Riccardo Bocchino (Prato), Alberto Benettin (Aironi), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Luke McLean (Treviso), Luca Morisi (Parma Crociati), Andrea Pratichetti (Treviso), Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Giulio Toniolatti (Aironi), Giovanbattista Venditti (Aironi)
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