Italy add Rizzo to the front-row mix
ESPNscrum Staff
January 24, 2012
Italy A prop Michele Rizzo looks on during the anthem, England Saxons v Italy A, Sixways Stadium, Worcester, England, January 29, 2011
Michele Rizzo looks on during the anthem © Getty Images
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Players/Officials: Alberto de Marchi | Michele Rizzo
Tournaments/Tours: Six Nations
Teams: Italy

Italy have called up prop Michele Rizzo for the 2012 Six Nations.

Rizzo has spent just under four years in the international wilderness as he last turned out for Italy back in 2008 while on their summer tour of South Africa. But he has been added to Jacques Brunel's squad for the forthcoming Six Nations.

Fellow front-row Aironi's Alberto De Marchi injured his calf at the weekend against Leicester Tigers and faces an anxious wait to determine the extent of the injury. Rizzo has played 12 times for Italy A and will train with the squad ahead of their opener against France in the Stade de France on February 4.

Italy squad:

Forwards:
Tommaso D'Apice (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Alberto de Marchi (Aironi), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing Metro), Michele Rizzo (Aironi), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Antonion Pavanello (Treviso), Cornelius van Zyl (Treviso), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Aironi), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Simone Favaro (Aironi), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso)

Backs:
Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Fabio Semenzato (Treviso), Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Luciano Orquera (Aironi), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont Auvergne), Luca Morisi (Parma Crociati), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Angelo Esposito (Ruggers Tarvisium/Accademia FIR), Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi), Giulio Toniolatti (Aironi), Giovambattista Venditti (Aironi), Andrea Masi (Aironi), Luke McLean (Treviso)

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