Six Nations

Italy pair back for French Six Nations date

2018-02-13 19:27
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Rome - Flankers Renato Giammarioli and Giovanni Licata return to Italy's 30-man squad named Tuesday by coach Conor O'Shea ahead of Italy's third Six Nations clash against France on February 23.

Giammarioli, 22, and Licata, 20, and 32-year-old lock George Biagi return to the group after missing the trip to Dublin, along with back Giulio Bisegni.

Full-back Edoardo Padovani is still recovering from an ankle injury that sidelined him against champions England in Rome and Ireland in Dublin.

Prop Marco Riccioni, 20, who has still to earn his first cap, was also named again in the group who will train in Rome from February 18-February 20 before travelling to France for the game in Marseille.

Italy suffered heavy losses to England 46-15 and Ireland 56-19.

Italy have not beaten France in the Six Nations since February 2013 in the Stadio Olympico.

Italy squad

Forwards (18): Simone Ferrari, Andrea Lovotti, Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni; Luca Bigi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Oliviero Fabiani; George Biagi, Dean Budd, Federico Ruzza, Alexander Zanni; Renato Giammarioli, Giovanni Licata, Maxime Mband, Sebastian Negri, Sergio Parisse (capt), Abraham Steyn

Backs (12): Edoardo Gori, Marcello Violi, Tomasso Allan, Carlo Canna, Ian McKinley, Mattia Bellini, Tomasso Benvenuti, Giulio Bisegni, Tomasso Boni, Tomasso Castello, Jayden Hayward, Matteo Minozzi

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