Mallett sticks with injured Parisse for Italy

Italy coach Nick Mallett on Wednesday named a 25-man squad for this month’s internationals against Argentina, Australia and Fiji.


Captain Sergio Parisse of Stade Francais was included despite suffering a slight neck injury last week.


There are two uncapped players in the squad in backs Edoardo Gori and Tommaso Benvenuti, who both play for Treviso.


Mallett made his choice following a three-day get-together in Rome.


“It’s never easy making choices especially after a group has worked well as they have these last few days in Rome,” said the former Springboks coach.


“To those who’ve gone home I would say that there are still two more games against Australia and Fiji.”


Italy tackle the Pumas in Verona on November 13 before taking on the Wallabies a week later in Florence and then finishing with a game against Fiji in Modena on November 27.


Squad:


Forwards


Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais/FRA), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester/ENG), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Carlo Del Fava (Aironi), Santiago Dellape (Racing Metro/FRA), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro/FRA), Fabio Ongaro (Aironi), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA – capt), Salvatore Perugini (Aironi), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso)


Backs


Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing Metro/FRA), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont/FRA), Pablo Canavosio (Aironi), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Craig Gower (Bayonne/FRA), Andrea Masi (Racing Metro/FRA), Luke McLean (Treviso), Luciano Orquera (Brive/FRA), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Tito Tebaldi (Aironi)

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