Polledri and Bra­ley handed Italy call-ups

Gloucestershire Echo - - GLOUCESER RUGBY -

GLOUCES­TER pair Jake Polledri and Callum Bra­ley have been named in Italy’s squad for the fi­nal two games of the Six Na­tions.

They will join up with the squad on Sun­day, March 3 to pre­pare for the games against Eng­land at Twick­en­ham and France in Rome.

It means they could miss Glouces­ter’s game away to play-off ri­vals Har­lequins on Sun­day, March 10.

Flanker Polledri missed the first three games of the com­pe­ti­tion due to an an­kle in­jury but he re­turned to ac­tion for the Cherry and Whites in Fri­day night’s win over Sara­cens when he came on as a re­place­ment.

Scrum-half Bra­ley earned his first call-up to the Italy squad ahead of their last fix­ture against Ire­land when it emerged he qual­i­fied through his grand­fa­ther but he was re­leased back to Glouces­ter be­fore the game.

For­mer Hart­pury flanker Seb Ne­gri is also in the squad.

Italy head coach Conor O’shea said: “We have con­vened 35 play­ers to have a wide range of choice for the last two games of the Six Na­tions.

“For the match against Eng­land we have 26 play­ers, while in Rome for the match against France we will have 31. “

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