Italy name squad for AllBlacks visit


James Mortimer and     14 Oct 2012     getty

The World Champions will play the Italians at Olympic Stadium in Rome on November 17.

The Azzurri open their three-test account against Tonga in Brescia a week earlier, while the Wallabies will play against the Six Nations' side in Florence on November 24.

Italian coach Jacques Brunel named two new faces when unveiling his squad overnight, in Treviso duo Tommaso Iannone and Francesco Minto.

The latter was to make his debut against the Springboks earlier in the year but was ruled out with injury.

There is also a recall for Italy's most capped player, prop Andrea Lo Cicero, meaning that the 95-test veteran will continue to serve his country, despite the popular character promising on numerous times in the past that he was going to hang up his international boots.

Familiar faces include the Bergamasco brothers Mirco and Mauro, likely captain and inspirational number eight Sergio Parisse, and scrum menace Martin Castrogiovanni.

The big talking point is the inclusion of first five-eighth Tobias Botes, a South African born playmaker, who could guide the Italian backline despite the fact he was unable to stamp his authority on the position during last season's Six Nations.

Italy will have two training camps in Rome, from October 21-24 and again from October 28-31.

Italy squad:

Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Luke McLean (Treviso), Luca Morisi (Treviso), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebra), Luciano Orquera (Zebra), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro/FRA), Tobias Botes (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (La Rochelle/FRA), Tommaso Iannone (Treviso), Andrea Masi (Wasps/ENG), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers/ENG), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro/FRA), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Joshua Furno (Zebra), Roberto Barbieri (Treviso), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebra), Simone Favaro (Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Alberto De Marchi (Zebra), Davide Giazzon (Rovigo), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebra), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso).