Italy call Minto up for Six Nations as Fuser drops out

Italy have called lock Francesco Minto into their Six Nations Championship squad for the opening two matches against Wales and France after Marco Fuser was ruled out through injury.

Twenty-six-year-old Minto has already won seven caps for Italy and replaces his Treviso clubmate, who is likely to be out for six weeks with a twisted left knee he suffered in Saturday’s European Cup defeat by French side Montpellier.

Italy, who beat Ireland and France in last season’s Six Nations, begin their campaign against Wales in Cardiff on February 1 and then play the French in Paris on February 9.

Revised Italy squad

Forwards (16):

Martin Castrogiovanni (Toulon/FRA), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Alberto De Marchi (Treviso), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Davide Giazzon (Zebre), Marco Bortolami (Zebre), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Joshua Furno (Biarritz/FRA), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA, capt), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso)

Backs (14):

Tobias Botes (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan/FRA), Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Perpignan/FRA), Michele Campagnaro (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Rovigo), Angelo Esposito (Treviso), Tommaso Iannone (Zebre), Luke McLean (Treviso), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre)

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