Italy v Australa, Firenze, November 20
Aussie-born Gower out for Italy
ESPNscrum Staff
November 17, 2010
Pumas lock Manuel Carizza is tackled by Italy's Craig Gower, Italy v Argentina, Verona, Italy, November 13, 2010
Craig Gower was injured in Italy's loss to Argentina © Getty Images

Italy fly-half Craig Gower will miss the opportunity to face the country of his birth on Saturday after being ruled out for Australia's visit with a knee injury.

Gower, who represented Australia in rugby league during his days as a star of the National Rugby League, has earned 14 caps for Italy since debuting against the Wallabies last year.

The Bayonne back picked up the injury in last Saturday's 22-16 loss to Argentina in Verona, meaning he will sit out the meeting with the Wallabies.

Another Australian-born player, Luke McLean, is in the Azzurri squad.

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