Rugby World Cup
Sbaraglini added to Italian squad
ESPNscrum Staff
September 23, 2011
Sbaraglini will take D'Apice's place in the 30-man squad © Getty Images

Italy boss Nick Mallett has opted to call up hooker Franco Sbaraglini to replace the injured Tommaso D'Apice.

D'Apice learned on Thursday he had injured ligaments in his left knee during the 53-17 win over Russia and would be sidelined for 21 days. It meant he would miss Italy's matches against USA on 27 September and Ireland on 2 October.

Italy needed the Rugby World Cup medical staff to verify D'Apice's injury before they officially called Sbaraglini up as a replacement. The 28-year-old Sbaraglini plays for Treviso in the Italian Super 10 competition and has won five caps for Italy.

Sbaraglini's most recent appearance was in June 2010 in the 55-11 loss to South Africa in East London.

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