Milan - South
African-born Johan Meyer and New Zealander Jimmy Tuivaiti were called
up by Italy coach Conor O'Shea for the first time on Wednesday
ahead of their end of year Tests.
Uncapped flanks Meyer, 25, and Tuivaiti, 30, were named among
Irishman O'Shea's 37-man squad for a training camp in Verona from
Italy take on Six Nations champions Ireland on November 3 in Chicago
before playing Georgia on November 10 in Florence, Australia on November
17 in Padua and New Zealand on November 24 in Rome.
Both Meyer and Tuivaiti play for Italian franchise Zebre, and were
among 14 players from the team along with Giosue Zilocchi, Oliviero
Fabiani, George Biagi, Tommaso Castello and Carlo Canna.
The line-up also includes 19 players from Pro14 side Benetton including Sebastian Negri, Alessandro Zanni and Tommaso Allan.
"We have selected a wider squad considering the challenges that await
us this autumn and in view of the Rugby World Cup, now less than a year
away, and we hope that most of the athletes will have the opportunity
to take the field," said O'Shea.
Captain Sergio Parisse, 34, has been named despite being ruled out for club side Stade Francais with a calf muscle problem.
The Italy injury list includes Matteo Minozzi, Leonardo Sarto, Angelo
Esposito, Giovanni Licata, Maxime Mbanda and Federico Zani.
Luca Sprandio, who has impressed for Edinburgh in the Celtic Pro14,
has also been named after winning his first two caps in the 2017 Six
Nations against France and Scotland.
Simone Ferrari (Benetton), Andrea Lovotti(Zebre), Tiziano Pasquali
(Benetton), Nicola Quaglia (Benetton), Cherif Traore (Benetton), Giosue
Zilocchi (Zebre); Luca Bigi (Benetton), Oliviero Fabiani (Zebre),
Leonardo Ghiraldini (Toulouse/FRA); George Biagi (Zebre), Dean Budd
(Benetton), Marco Fuser (Benetton), Marco Lazzaroni (Benetton), Federico
Ruzza (Benetton), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton); Renato Giammarioli
(Zebre), Johan Meyer (Zebre), Sebastian Negri (Benetton), Sergio Parisse
(Stade Francais/FRA-capt), Jake Polledri (Gloucester Rugby/ENG),
Abraham Jurgens Steyn (Benetton), Jimmy Tuivaiti (Zebre)
Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Tito Tebaldi(Benetton), Marcello Violin
(Zebre); Tommaso Allan (Benetton), Carlo Canna (Zebre), Ian McKinley
(Benetton); Giulio Bisegni (Zebre), Michele Campagnaro (Exeter
Chiefs/ENG), Tommaso Castello (Zebre), Luca Morisi (Benetton); Mattia
Bellini (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton), Jayden Hayward
(Benetton), Edoardo Padovani (Zebre), Luca Sperandio (Benetton)