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Parisse returns for Italy
May 17, 2010
Italy captain Sergio Parisse wins the line-out against Andries Bekker, Italy v South Africa, Stadio Friuli, Udine, November 21, 2009
Stade Francais No.8 Sergio Parisse is fit to lead Italy on their upcoming tour of South Africa © Getty Images
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Italy are buoyed by the return of captain Sergio Parisse for next month's tour of South Africa.

The Stade Francais No.8 missed the Six Nations with a knee injury but has been named in the Azzurri's 36-strong squad for their two-Test series against the Springboks.

Fit-again scrum-half Simon Picone also returns to the panel, while there is a recall for winger Michele Sepe, who last played for his country four years ago.

Italy will first meet the Springboks in Witbank on June 19 before then travelling to East London for the second Test the following weekend.

Italy squad:

Forwards: Matias Aguero (Saracens), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Marco Bortolami (Gloucester), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Carlo Antonio Del Fava (Viadana), Paul Derbyshire (Padova), Quintin Geldenhuys (Viadana), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Fabio Ongaro (Saracens), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais), Salvatore Perugini (Bayonne), Josh Sole (Viadana), Manoa Vosawai (Parma), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso).

Backs: Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Riccardo Bocchino (Rovigo), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont), Craig Gower (Bayonne), Andrea Masi (Racing Metro), Luke McLean (Treviso), Simon Picone (Treviso), Matteo Pratichetti (Viadana), Kaine Robertson (Viadana), Michele Sepe (Viadana), Tito Tebaldi (Gran Parma).


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