Italy call up lock pairing

Date published: March 4 2016

ROME, ITALY - FEBRUARY 14:  George Biagi of Italy beats George Kruis to the ball during the RBS Six Natiions match between Italy and England at the Stadio Olimpico on February 14, 2016 in Rome, Italy.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has included locks George Biagi and Quintin Geldenhuys in his Six Nations squad to face Ireland next weekend.

Brunel has tweaked his 30-man squad for the fourth round encounter after a 36-20 defeat to Scotland last weekend, including Biagi, who is returning from a rib injury, and Geldenhuys, who is making his comeback after an arm injury sidelined him last November.

The Azzuri will will be without lock Josh Furno and fly-half Carlo Canna through injury, while Martin Castrogiovanni is suspended.

The squad will meet in Rome on Sunday and head to Dublin on Thursday, March 10.

Forwards: Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Andrea Lovotti, Matteo Zanusso, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Davide Giazzon, Valerio Bernabo, George Biagi, Marco Fuser, Quintin Geldenhuys, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse, Jacopo Sarto, Abraham Steyn, Andries van Schalkwyk, Alessandro Zanni 

Backs: Edoardo Gori, Guglielmo Palazzani, Kelly Haimona, Edoardo Padovani, Mattia Bellini, Giulio Bisegni, Michele Campagnaro, Tommaso Castello, Gonzalo Garcia, Luke McLean, Luca Morisi, David Odiete, Andrea Pratichetti, Leonardo Sarto 

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