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Brunel names Italy squad

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has named his 30-man squad for the forthcoming autumn internationals against Tonga, New Zealand and Australia.

The Azzurri face Tonga in Brescia on November 10 before taking on world champions New Zealand at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on November 17.

A meeting with Australia at Florence's Stadio Artemio Franchi on November 24 concludes Italy's involvement with the Azzurri players allowed to return to their clubs the next day.

Brunel has called up flanker Francesco Minto and wing Tommasso Iannone, both of Treviso, for the first time.

Italy squad: Forwards - Barbieri (Treviso), Bergamasco (Zebre), Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Cittadini (Treviso), De Marchi (Treviso), Derbyshire (Treviso), Furno (Narbonne), Geldenhuys (Zebre), Ghiraldini (Treviso), Giazzon (Zebre), Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro), Minto (Treviso), Parisse (Stade Francais), Pavanello (Treviso), Rizzo (Treviso), Zanni (Treviso).

Backs - Benvenuti (Treviso), Bergamasco (Racing-Metro), Botes (Treviso), Burton (Treviso), Canale (La Rochelle), Gori (Treviso), Iannone (Treviso), Masi (Wasps), McLean (Treviso), Morisi (Treviso), Orquera (Zebre), Sgarbi (Treviso), Venditti (Zebre).


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