This summer Sergio Parisse will not play opposite to Fiji, Australia and Scotland.
Along with Parisse, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Lorenzo Cittadini and Simone Favaro can also be given the rest
The motive behind this is, Conor O’Shea wants to give some rests with these veteran players
In his squad, O’Shea named four uncapped players. He announced that he is leaving Captain Sergio Parisse out from the squad of 31-man for this summer tour of the year against Fiji, Scotland and Australia.
The coach said, “I wanted to give time to Parisse and three top players of the team the hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini, prop Lorenzo Cittadini and flanker Simone Favaro. During this time, they will recover from the season of 2016-17 and prepare themselves for internationals, which are going to take place in the November.”
Winger Leonardo Sarto and Prop Simone Ferrari return to the team after the injuries which restricted them to play this year in the Six Nations. And in the absence of these players, Italy finished at the bottom of the table.”
Speaking about the objective of taking the team group of players with these four veterans, O’Shea said, “The objective behind taking this group of players for the tour is to snatch the opportunities that we have”.
He said, ‘If once we play with the concentration and intensity that we should, then we will become the team that we dream of and the kind of team that all our supporters expect.’
Forwards: Simone Ferrari (Benetton Treviso), Pietro Ceccarelli (Zebre Rugby), Andrea Lovotti (Zebre Rugby), Tiziano Pasquali (Benetton Treviso), Sami Panico (Calvisano), Luca Bigi (Benetton Treviso), Luhandre Luus (Calvisano), Ornel Gega (Benetton Treviso), George Fabio Biagi (Zebre Rugby), Marco Fuser (Benetton Treviso), Dean Budd (Benetton Treviso), Andries Van Schalkwyk (Zebre Rugby), Robert Julian Barbieri (Benetton Treviso), Federico Ruzza (Zebre Rugby), Maxime Mbanda’ (Zebre Rugby), Abraham Jurgen Steyn (Benetton Treviso) and Francesco Minto (Benetton Treviso).