Ser­gio Parisse leads trio of re­turn­ing vet­er­ans for Italy

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ROME:

Italy cap­tain Ser­gio Parisse has been re­called to the Italy squad for No­vem­ber tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga. Coach Conor O’Shea has also re­called an­other pair of vet­er­ans in hooker Leonardo Ghi­ral­dini and back row for­ward Alessan­dro Zanni.

The trio, who be­tween them are one short of 300 caps for the Az­zurri, were left out of Italy’s June Tour to North and South Amer­ica, when O’Shea took charge of the team for the first time.

Should he play, Stade Fran­cais No.8 Parisse, 33, will take sole pos­ses­sion of the na­tional caps record he shares with prop Martin Cas­tro­gio­vanni, 34, who has not played since be­ing sus­pended by his club Rac­ing 92 for dis­ci­plinary rea­sons.

The Ar­gen­tine-born pair share the record of 119 caps while Tre­viso’s Zanni, 32, has played for his coun­try 99 times and Ghi­ral­dini, 31, of Toulouse has won 81 caps.

O’Shea has also named three un­capped Tre­viso play­ers in his squad: prop Si­mone Fer­rari, wing An­drea Buon­donno and scrum-half Gior­gio Bronzini.

“Twenty of the 30 selected play­ers played in the sum­mer Tour and that will give us so­lid­ity,” said O’Shea in a state­ment re­leased by the Ital­ian Rugby Fed­er­a­tion (FIR) yes­ter­day.

“But we’ll also re­dis­cover some big names who will give us en­ergy. “These are three big chal­lenges await­ing us in No­vem­ber and we live for mo­ments like these. “I know this team has the right qual­i­ties to make Ital­ian rugby proud.” Italy host the All Blacks in Rome on No­vem­ber 12, then play South Africa in Florence a week later be­fore en­ter­tain­ing Tonga in Padova on No­vem­ber 26.

Squad

Pi­etro Cec­ca­relli (Ze­bre), Lorenzo Cit­ta­dini (Bay­onne/FRA), Si­mone Fer­rari (Tre­viso), An­drea Lovotti (Ze­bre), Sami Pan­ico (Pataro Calvisano), Or­nel Gega (Tre­viso), Leonardo Ghi­ral­dini (Toulouse/FRA), Ge­orge Fabio Bi­agi (Ze­bre), Joshua Furno (Ze­bre), Marco Fuser (Tre­viso), Quintin Gelden­huys (Ze­bre), Si­mone Favaro (Glas­gow War­riors/SCO), Maxime Mata Mbanda (Ze­bre), Francesco Minto (Tre­viso), Ser­gio Parisse (Stade Fran­cais/FRA), An­dries Van Schalk­wyk (Ze­bre), Alessan­dro Zanni (Tre­viso).

Gior­gio Bronzini (Tre­viso), Edoardo Gori (Tre­viso), Mar­cello Vi­oli (Ze­bre), Tom­maso Al­lan (Tre­viso), Carlo Canna (Ze­bre), Tom­maso Ben­venuti (Tre­viso), Tom­maso Boni (Ze­bre), An­drea Buon­donno (Tre­viso), Michele Cam­pag­naro (Ex­eter Chiefs/ENG), An­gelo Es­pos­ito (Tre­viso), Luke McLean (Tre­viso), Edoardo Padovani (Ze­bre), Leonardo Sarto (Glas­gow War­riors/SCO). — AFP

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