Italy name 34-man squad for the Autumn Nation Series

Italy name 34-man squad for the Autumn Nation Series

Italy head coach Kieran Crowley has named a list of 34 players in preparation for the Autumn Nations Series - scheduled from 24 October.

Twenty-six of the players called up are from the two federal franchises (13 Benetton and 13 Zebre Parma).

Marco Fuser and Michele Campagnaro are back in the group. Also present is Luca Morisi and Matteo Minozzi, who were not called up for the Guinness Six Nations 2021.

Italy 34-man squad

Pietro CECCARELLI (Brive, 14 caps)
Danilo FISCHETTI (Zebre Rugby Club, 12 caps) *
Andrea LOVOTTI (Zebre Rugby Club, 47 caps) *
Ivan NEMER (Benetton Ruby, newcomer)
Matteo NOCERA (Fiamme Oro Rugby, newcomer) *
Marco RICCIONI (Saracens, 15 caps)
Luca BIGI (Zebre Rugby Club 37 caps)
Gianmarco LUCCHESI (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps) *
Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby, 16 caps)
Second Lines
Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 13 caps) *
Marco FUSER (Newcastle Falcons, 33 caps) *
Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 22 caps)
David SISI (Zebre Rugby Club, 15 caps)
Third Lines
Renato GIAMMARIOLI (Zebre Rugby Club, 4 caps) *
Michele LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)
Giovanni LICATA (Zebre Rugby Club, 11 caps) *
Maxime MBANDA '(Zebre Rugby Club, 29 caps) *
Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 33 caps)
Abraham STEYN (Benetton Rugby, 44 caps)
Scrum Halfs
Callum BRALEY (Benetton Rugby, 10 caps)
Alessandro FUSCO (Fiamme Oro Rugby, newcomer) *
Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester Rugby 7 caps)
Opening medians
Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby Club, 52 caps)
Paolo GARBISI (Montpellier, 10 caps) *
Tommaso BONI (Zebre Rugby Club, 11 caps) *
Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 5 caps)
Michele CAMPAGNARO (Colomiers, 46 caps) *
Luca MORISI (Benetton Rugby, 34 caps) *
Marco ZANON (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)
Wings / Extremes
Mattia BELLINI (Zebre Rugby Club, 31 caps)
Pierre BRUNO (Zebre Rugby Club, newcomer)
Montanna IOANE (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)
Matteo MINOZZI (Wasps Rugby, 22 caps) *
Federico MORI (Bordeaux, 9 caps) *
* Member of the FIR Ivan Francescato Academy

Athletes not considered due to injury:

Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby), Marco MANFREDI (Zebre Rugby Club), Yohan MEYER (Zebre Rugby Club), Edoardo PADOVANI (Benetton Rugby) Sergio PARISSE (Toulon), Jake POLLEDRI (Gloucester Rugby), Daniele RIMPELLI (Zebre Rugby Club), Giosuè ZILOCCHI (Zebre Rugby Club), Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby)

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