Milan - Benetton Treviso second row forward Marco Fuser has been called up for Italy's opening two tests of the upcoming Six Nations tournament following the withdrawal of Quintin Geldenhuys, it was announced Thursday.
South African-born lock Geldenhuys was forced out of the Azzurri squad this week with knee ligament damage.
The Italian Rugby Federation called Fuser, who has two previous caps, up for their opening two games at home to Ireland on February 7 and away to England a week later.
Italy's revised 31-man squad for first two Six Nations matches:
Matias Aguero, Martin Castrogiovanni, Dario Chistolini, Alberto De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Manici, George Biagi, Marco Bortolami, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Robert Barbieri, Marco Barbini, Mauro Bergamasco, Simone Favaro, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse, Alessandro Zanni
Edoardo Gori, Guglielmo Palazzani, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Kelly Haimona, Giulio Bisegni, Michele Campagnaro, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Luca Morisi, Simone Ragusi, Leonardo Sarto, Giovambattista Venditti, Michele Visentin.