Mallet makes the call to Erasmus

New Italy coach Nick Mallett has called up uncapped number eight Jacobus Erasmus to their 22-man squad for the RBS Six Nations clash with France on the 9th of March.

Forwards Mauro Bergamasco and Carlo del Fava have been left out as they are both attending disciplinary hearings on Wednesday.

Kaine Robertson returns to the squad while David Bortolussi and Pablo Canavosio are still out of contention due to injury.

Italy are still chasing their first win of the tournament.

Italy squad:

Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), G Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), E Galon (Overmach Cariparma), A Masi (Biarritz), K Robertson (Arix Viadana), A Marcato (Treviso), S Picone (Treviso), A Sgarbi (Treviso), E Patrizio (Petrarca Padova), J Erasmus (Montepaschi Viadana), A Galante (Rolly Gran Parma), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), L Ghiraldini (Calvisano), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro Paris), S Parisse (Stade Francais), F Ongaro (Saracens), S Perugini (Toulouse), J Sole (Arix Viadana), A Zanni (Calvisano), M Bortolami (Gloucester), C Nieto (Gloucester), P Travagli (Overmach Cariparma.


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