Kieran Crowley’s Italy have retained the services of Danilo Fischetti and Luca Morisi this week ahead of the upcoming Test match against South Africa this Saturday (19th).

Zebre Parma players Matteo Nocera and Nicolò Teneggi have joined Crowley’s set-up at the Payanini Centre in Verona this week with the third round Autumn Nations Series encounter against the Springboks held at the Stadio Ferrari, Genoa.

The Exiles, recently acquired this summer, have both played their part in significant wins over both Samoa and a first-ever victory over Australia, and now take on the might of the reigning world champions.

Nevertheless, Rassie Erasmus’ side are yet to pick up a victory on their tour of the northern hemisphere, losing 19-16 to Ireland and most recently 30-26 to France in Marseille.

Italy’s match against South Africa will kick-off at 1pm this Saturday, and will be streamed live on Amazon Prime Sport.


Italy’s full training squad


Pietro CECCARELLI (CA Brive, 23 caps)

Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 39 caps)

Danilo FISCHETTI (London Irish, 24 caps)

Ivan NEMER (Benetton Rugby, 10 caps)

Matteo NOCERA (Zebre Parma, newcomer)


Luca RIZZOLI (Zebre Parma, newcomer)



Luca BIGI (Zebre Parma, 42 caps)

Gianmarco LUCCHESI (Benetton Rugby, 16 caps)

Giacomo NICOTERA (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)



Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 24 caps)

Marco FUSER (Massy, ​​41 caps)

Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 35 caps)

David SISI (Zebre Parma, 26 caps)


Flankers / 8

Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps)

Michele LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 20 caps) - captain

Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 39 caps)

Giovanni PETTINELLI (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)

Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby, 5 caps)


Scrum Halves

Manfredi ALBANESE (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)

Alessandro GARBISI (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps)

Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester Rugby, 14 caps)



Tommaso ALLAN (Harlequins, 65 caps)

Paolo GARBISI (Montpellier, 21 caps)

Nicolò TENEGGI (Zebre Parma, newcomer)


Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 17 caps)

Enrico LUCCHIN (Zebre Parma, 1 cap)

Tommaso MENONCELLO (Benetton Rugby, 5 caps)

Luca MORISI (London Irish, 38 caps)



Pierre BRUNO (Zebre Parma, 6 caps)

Montanna IOANE (Melbourne Rebels, 16 caps)

Edoardo PADOVANI (Benetton Rugby, 39 caps)


Utility backs

Ange CAPUOZZO (Stade Toulousain, 6 caps)

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