Six Nations
Italy name four uncapped backs in Six Nations squad
ESPN Staff
January 15, 2015
Giovanbattista Venditti is back in the Italy squad © Getty Images

Italy have named four uncapped backs in their 31-man training squad ahead of the Six Nations.

Treviso's Simone Ragusi, Calvisano's Marcello Violi, Zebre's Michele Visentin and Giulio Bisegni have all been given the nod while Jacques Brunel has recalled Mauro Bergamasco and Giovanbattista Venditti.

The squad meet from January 25 through to 28 in Rome and will prepare for their Six Nations opener against Ireland on February 7. For Brunel, the competition will give him a chance to run the rule over some of the younger players at his disposal.

"The tournament is the last real opportunity to test some young people who are proving to have interesting qualities in Guinness PRO12 or, as in the case of Violi, at the top of the Italian top division," Brunel said. "For them it is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate their worth in the year of the Rugby World Cup.

"Mauro Bergamasco and Venditti, who recently returned from injury, are two athletes backed by a solid international experience that will be of great use to the group in the difficult weeks ahead of us."


Forwards: Matias Aguero (Zebre, 29 caps), Martin Castrogiovanni (RC Toulon, 107 caps), Dario Chistolini (Zebre, 5 caps), Alberto De Marchi (Sale Sharks, 23 caps), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Leicester Tigers, 70 caps), Andrea Manici (Zebre, 6 caps), George Biagi (Zebre, 3 caps), Marco Bortolami (Zebre, 110 caps), Joshua Furno (Newcastle Falcons, 23 caps), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebre, 52 caps), Robert Barbieri (Leicester Tigers, 38 caps), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre, 100 caps), Simone Favaro (Benetton Treviso, 23 caps), Francesco Minto (Benetton Treviso, 11 caps), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais, 108 caps) - Captain, Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso, 86 caps)

Backs: Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso, 37 caps), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre, 6 caps), Marcello Violi (Cammi Calvisano), Tommaso Allan (USAP Perpignan, 10 caps), Kelly Haimona (Zebre, 3 caps), Giulio Bisegni (Zebre, rookie), Michele Campagnaro (Benetton Treviso, 12 caps), Andrea Masi (London Wasps, 87 caps), Luke McLean (Sale Sharks, 63 caps), Luca Morisi (Benetton Treviso, 9 caps), Simone Ragusi (Benetton Treviso, rookie), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre, 10 caps), Giovambattista Venditti (Zebre, 22 caps), Michele Visentin (Zebre, rookie)

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