23 Oct 2009

Mallett names 32-man training squad

11:12 am on 23 October 2009

The Italian rugby coach Nick Mallett has named four uncapped players in his final 32-man training camp squad ahead of next month's tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Samoa.

They are back Tommaso Benvenuti, his Treviso team mate and scrumhalf Fabio Semenzato, Parma flanker Francesco Minto and Gran Parma centre-wing Giovanbattista Venditti.

Fit-again loose forward Simone Favaro returns after playing well in the June tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Mallett has made no other changes to the squad led by captain Sergio Parisse which was called up for a training camp in Rome this week.

He is expected to use Craig Gower at flyhalf again next month after fielding the Australian-born rugby league convert at playmaker in June.

Parisse's fellow back-rower and Stade Francais team mate Mauro Bergamasco is out with a broken foot, fullback Andrea Masi has a knee problem and Marco Bortolami has a dislocated shoulder.