Danilo Fischetti and Luca Morisi have been included amongst a training squad of 35 players in Kieran Crowley’s first Italian national squad of the 2022/23 season.
The chosen players will converge in Verona from 23rd to 28th October in preparation for the Azzurri’s Autumn Nations Series challenges.
The Italian duo, alongside compatriot Giosúe Zilocchi, linked up with the Exiles this offseason from Italian United Rugby Championship sides Zebre Parma and Benetton Treviso respectively.
Fischetti has made a strong impression in his four appearances at loosehead so far, winning a round-high three turnovers on his debut against Worcester Warriors, whilst centre Morisi has featured across the Gallagher Premiership and Premiership Rugby Cup in his own four run-outs.
The 24-year-old has picked up seven of his 22 caps this calendar year as he featured in all five Guinness Six Nations matches, with Morisi played against Argentina and Uruguay last autumn.
Italy opens their November fixtures against Samoa at the Stadio Plebiscito, Padua (5th November 1pm ko), then continuing against Australia at the Stadio Franchi (12th November, 1pm ko) before rounding off their billing against world champions, South Africa in Genoa on the 19th (Stadio Luigi Ferraris, 1pm ko).
Kieran Crowley’s 35-man Italy training squad
Pietro CECCARELLI (CA Brive, 21 caps)
Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 37 caps)
Danilo FISCHETTI (London Irish, 22 caps)
Ivan NEMER (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)
Ion NECULAI (Zebre Parma, 3 caps)
Luca BIGI (Zebre Parma, 42 caps)
Gianmarco LUCCHESI (Benetton Rugby, 14 caps)
Giacomo NICOTERA (Benetton Rugby, 4 caps)
Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 22 caps)
Marco FUSER (Massy, 41 caps)
Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 33 caps)
David SISI (Zebre Parma, 24 caps)
Gabriele VENDITTI (Zebre Parma, esordiente)
Luca ANDREANI (Zebre Parma, esordiente)
Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, esordiente)
Toa HALAFIHI (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)
Michele LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 18 caps) – capitano
Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 38 caps)
Giovanni PETTINELLI (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)
Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby, 4 caps)
Manfredi ALBANESE (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps)
Alessandro FUSCO (Zebre Parma, 8 caps)
Alessandro GARBISI (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)
Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester Rugby, 12 caps)
Tommaso ALLAN (Harlequins, 63 caps)
Paolo GARBISI (Montpellier, 20 caps)
Leonardo MARIN (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)
Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 15 caps)
Enrico LUCCHIN (Zebre Parma, esordiente)
Tommaso MENONCELLO (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)
Luca MORISI (London Irish, 36 caps)
Pierre BRUNO (Zebre Parma, 4 caps)
Ange CAPUOZZO (Stade Toulousain, 5 caps)
Montanna IOANE (Melbourne Rebels, 14 caps)
Edoardo PADOVANI (Benetton Rugby, 38 caps)