Italy bring Minto in for injured Fuser

Lock Marco Fuser has been ruled out of Italy's opening two Six Nations matches, making way for Treviso clubmate Francesco Minto to be called up.

Lock Francesco Minto has been called up to Italy's Six Nations squad for their opening two matches of the tournament against champions Wales and France after Marco Fuser was ruled out through injury.

Minto, 26 and capped seven times, replaces his Treviso clubmate, who is likely to be out for six weeks with a twisted left knee he suffered in Saturday's European Cup defeat by French side Montpellier.

Italy, who beat Ireland and France in last season's Six Nations, begin their campaign against Wales in Cardiff on February 1 and then play the French in Paris on February 9.

Revised squad

Forwards (16): Martin Castrogiovanni (Toulon/FRA), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Alberto De Marchi (Treviso), Michele Rizzo (Treviso), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Davide Giazzon (Zebre), Marco Bortolami (Zebre), Francesco Minto (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Zebre), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Joshua Furno (Biarritz/FRA), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais/FRA, capt), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso)

Backs (14): Tobias Botes (Treviso), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Tommaso Allan (Perpignan/FRA), Luciano Orquera (Zebre), Tommaso Benvenuti (Perpignan/FRA), Michele Campagnaro (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Rovigo), Angelo Esposito (Treviso), Tommaso Iannone (Zebre), Luke McLean (Treviso), Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre), Leonardo Sarto (Zebre)

Source AAP

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