Castro ruled out after dog bites nose

Date published: February 23 2015

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni will miss Saturday's Six Nations clash with Scotland after being bitten on the nose by a friend’s dog.

The veteran tighthead required 14 stitches on his face and has been left out of the Azzurri’s provisional squad for the Round Three clash.

Wasps’s Lorenzo Cittadini has been called up to take the place of the 33-year-old Toulon prop.

In further bad news for Italy, Wasps back Andrea Masi has been sidelined by a cut suffered against Newcastle resulting in uncapped centre Enrico Bacchin beimg added to the squad.

Meanwhile, Zebre second-row Marco Bortolami is a fitness doubt with Antonio Pavanello included as cover.