Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Azzurri select uncapped quartet

Jacques Brunel

Italy coach Jacques Brunel has named four uncapped players in his 30-man squad for the first two games of the RBS 6 Nations Championship.

The Azzurri begin the campaign in Paris on February 4 against Brunel's home nation France before taking on England a week later at Rome's Stadio Olimpico.

Brunel has included a total of 22 players that competed in last year's World Cup. However, experienced quartet Salvatore Perugini, Carlos Del Fava, Mirco Bergamasco and Gonzalo Garcia have been left out of the squad, with Brunel opting to include uncapped youngsters Alberto De Marchi, Luca Morisi, Angelo Esposito and Giovanbattista Venditti instead.

Aironi flanker Mauro Bergamasco returns to the squad having missed last year's entire tournament with a shoulder injury.

Italy begin training in Rome on Sunday.

Italy squad: Martin Castrogiovanni, Lorenzo Cittadini, Alberto De Marchi, Andrea Lo Cicero, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Tommaso D'Apice, Marco Bortolami, Quintin Geldenhuys, Antonio Pavanello, Cornelius Van Zyl, Robert Barbieri, Mauro Bergamasco, Paul Derbyshire, Simone Favaro, Sergio Parisse, Alessandro Zanni, Edoardo Gori, Fabio Semenzato, Kristopher Burton, Luciano Orquera, Tommaso Benvenuti, Gonzalo Canale, Luca Morisi, Alberto Sgarbi, Angelo Esposito, Roberto Quartaroli, Giulio Toniolatti, Giovanbattista Venditti, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean.