Mallett names 30 strong squad for Scotland

Italy lock Marco Bortolami is set to win his 80th cap after coach Nick Mallett named him on Tuesday as part of a 30-man squad to play Scotland in the Six Nations.


Italy face the Scots at the Stadio Flaminio on Feb. 27, hoping for a repeat of Mallett’s first victory as Azzurri coach, a 23-20 win over Scotland in 2008.


Bortolami missed Italy’s earlier matches this season through injury, but came off the bench in the 29-11 loss in Ireland on Feb.


6 and played all of Sunday’s 17-12 defeat to England.

Fellow lock Carlo Del Fava returns following knee surgery that forced him to miss the England match.


Number 8 Alessandro Zanni will probably earn his 40th cap after a man of the match performance on Sunday.

Italy Squad

Matias AGUERO (Saracens, 14 caps) Mauro BERGAMASCO (Stade Francais, 81 caps) Mirco BERGAMASCO (Stade Francais, 68 caps) Valerio BERNABO’ (Futura Park Rugby Roma, 13 caps) Riccardo BOCCHINO (Femi-CZ Rovigo, 1 cap)* Marco BORTOLAMI (Gloucester RFC, 79 caps) Paolo BUSO (Futura Park Rugby Roma, 1 cap) Gonzalo CANALE (Clermont-Auvergne, 53 caps) Pablo CANAVOSIO (MPS Viadana, 27 caps) Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Leicester Tigers, 64 caps) Lorenzo CITTADINI (Benetton Treviso, 1 cap) Carlo Antonio DEL FAVA (MPS Viadana, 42 caps) Paul DERBYSHIRE (Petrarca Padova, 2 caps) Simone FAVARO (Banca Monte Parma, 5 caps)* Gonzalo GARCIA (Benetton Treviso, 15 caps) Quintin GELDENHUYS (MPS Viadana, 8 caps) Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Benetton Treviso, 26 caps) – captain Craig GOWER (Bayonne, 8 caps) Andrea MASI (Racing Metro Paris, 48 caps) Luke McLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps) Fabio ONGARO (Saracens, 66 caps) Salvatore PERUGINI (Bayonne, 68 caps) Matteo PRATICHETTI (MPS Viadana, 20 caps) Kaine Paul ROBERTSON (MPS Viadana, 43 caps) Michele SEPE (MPS Viadana, 2 caps) Alberto SGARBI (Benetton Treviso, 5 caps) Josh SOLE (MPS Viadana, 43 caps) Tito TEBALDI (Plusvalore Gran Parma, 8 caps) Manoa VOSAWAI (Banca Monte Parma, 5 caps) Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 39 caps)

*”Ivan Francescato” FIR Academy member

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