Italy add Ongaro to Six Ntions squad for Scotland

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has recalled hooker Fabio Ongaro which has increased his squad size to 31 ahead of next Saturday’s Six Nations finale against Scotland.

Ongaro has been called up as a precaution in case first choice hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini does not recover from the foot injury that forced him off during Saturday’s 24-3 defeat to Wales in Cardiff.

Ghiraldini and prop Fabio Staibano, who hurt his hand, both underwent tests on Sunday.

Staibano will train as normal on Monday while Ghiraldini will need treatment to try to get him fit for the match.

South African-born half-back Tobias Botes is due to have tests on his injured shoulder on Monday.

Both Italy and Scotland, as so often before, have lost all four tournament matches so far and are playing each other to avoid the wooden spoon.

Italy have finished bottom of the Six Nations table nine times in 12 years since joining European rugby’s top table in 2000.

Revised Italy squad

Forwards: Fabio Staibano (Aironi), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro/FRA), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers/ENG), Tommaso D’Apice (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Fabio Ongaro (Aironi), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Cornelius Van Zyl (Treviso), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Joshua Furno (Aironi), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Manoa Vosawai (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Simone Favaro (Aironi), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA, captain), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso)

Backs: Fabio Semenzato (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Tobias Botes (Treviso), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont/FRA), Luca Morisi (Parma Crociati), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Giulio Toniolatti (Aironi), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro/FRA), Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi), Giovanbattista Venditti (Aironi), Andrea Masi (Aironi), Luke McLean (Treviso)

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