Sergio Parisse is in line for an Italy recall after Conor O’Shea included him in the 26-strong squad that flies to London on Wednesday to take on England next Saturday.
There were fears that the Italian talisman might not make the cut as the concussion that ruled him out of the Italians’ round three loss to Ireland in Rome also kept him out of Stade Francais’ Top 14 match last weekend.
However, the veteran No8 appears to have made a full recovery as he has made O’Shea’s travelling party.
Instead, the eight players excluded – Oliviero Fabiani, Marco Barbini, Jake Polledri, Jimmy Tuivaiti, Callum Braley, Carlo Canna, Giulio Bisegni and Luca Sperandio – will now return to their clubs.
Italy come into the game at Twickenham on the back of 20 successive Six Nations, but their confidence is high following competitive February performances against Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
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But for a missed kick in the game’s final action, they would have secured a losing bonus point in their last outing versus the Irish.
Italy squad (v England)
Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 20 caps)
Andrea LOVOTTI (Zebre Rugby Club, 32 caps) *
Tiziano PASQUALI (Benetton Rugby, 16 caps)
Marco RICCIONI (Benetton Rugby, rookie) *
Cherif TRAORE ‘(Benetton Rugby, 8 caps) *
Luca BIGI (Benetton Rugby, 17 caps)
Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Stade Toulousian, 102 caps)
Dean BUDD (Benetton Rugby, 19 caps)
Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 10 caps) *
David SISI (Zebre Rugby Club, 3 chaps)
Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Rugby, 110 caps)
Maxime MBANDA ‘(Zebre Rugby Club, 16 caps) *
Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 14 caps)
Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais, 136 caps) – captain
Abraham Jurgens STEYN (Benetton Rugby, 28 caps)
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Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebras Rugby Club, 30 caps)
Tito TEBALDI (Benetton Rugby, 30 caps)
Tommaso ALLAN (Benetton Rugby, 46 caps)
Ian MCKINLEY (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)
Michele CAMPAGNARO (Wasps, 41 caps) *
Tommaso CASTELLO (Zebre Rugby Club, 17 caps)
Luca MORISI (Benetton Rugby, 23 caps) *
Marco ZANON (Benetton Rugby, rookie) *
Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Rugby, 18 caps)
Jayden HAYWARD (Benetton Rugby, 15 caps)
Edoardo PADOVANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 18 caps) *
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