Six Nations
Castrogiovanni dropped by Italy following dog bite
ESPN Staff
March 4, 2015
Martin Castrogiovanni missed the win over Scotland - after being bitten on the nose by a friend's dog © Getty Images

Martin Castrogiovanni, who missed Italy's Six Nations win over Scotland at the weekend after being bitten on the nose by a friend's dog, has been dropped for the matches against France and Wales.

The prop needed 14 stitches after the incident, but was not been named in head coach Jacques Brunel's 30-man squad on Tuesday, and nor does he figure among the players listed as excluded through injury.

Back Andrea Masi has been recalled after missing the Scotland game, while lock Quintin Geldenhuys also returns as he looks to make his first appearance in the championship following a knee injury.

Italy host France on March 15 before wrapping up their campaign at home to Wales on March 21.

Italy squad to face France:

Forwards: Matias Aguero, Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Alberto De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Manici, George Fabio Biagi, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Barbini, Mauro Bergamasco, Simone Favaro, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse, Samuela Vunisa

Backs: Edoardo Gori, Guglielmo Palazzani, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Kelly Haimona, Enrico Bacchin, Giulio Bisegni, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Luca Morisi, Simone Ragusi, Leonardo Sarto, Giovambattista Venditti, Michele Visentin

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