Six Nations

Biagi gets first Italy call-up

2014-03-03 22:00
George Biagi (Getty Images)

Rome - Lock George Biagi has received his first call up to the Italian rugby squad on Monday when he was named in the group for the final two Six Nations matches against Ireland and England.

The 28-year-old, who plays for Parma, comes in for the injured Alessandro Zanni.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel -- whose side are pointless after three matches but seeking their second successive win over the Irish -- has recalled prop Michele Rizzo after he was suspended for the previous game, the 21-20 defeat in Rome by Scotland.

Brunel has also called up experienced full-back Andrea Masi for the first time in this season's tournament as the 32-year-old has recovered from injury.

Italy play Ireland in Dublin on Saturday and end their campaign at home to England a week later.

Squad:

Forwards: Matias Aguero (Zebre), Martin Castrogiovanni (Toulon/FRA), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Alberto De Marchi (Treviso), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Davide Giazzon (Zebre), Marco Bortolami (Zebre), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), George Fabio Biagi (Zebre), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Joshua Furno (Biarritz/FRA), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA), Manoa Vosawai (Treviso)

Backs: Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Tito Tebaldi (Ospreys/WAL), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan/FRA), Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Perpignan/FRA), Michele Campagnaro (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Rovigo), Angelo Esposito (Treviso), Tommaso Iannone (Zebre), Luke McLean (Treviso), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre), Andrea Masi (Wasps/ENG)

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