Exile duo named in Italy training squad | October 10, 2022 | New


Danilo Fischetti and Luca Morisi have been included in a 35-man training squad for Kieran Crowley’s first Italian national team in the 2022/23 season.

The chosen players will converge in Verona from the 23rdrd at 28e October in preparation for the Azzurri Fall Nations Series Challenges.

The Italian duo, alongside compatriot Giosúe Zilocchi, have partnered with the Exiles this offseason from Italian United Rugby Championship sides Zebre Parma and Benetton Treviso respectively.

Fischetti has impressed in his four Loosehead appearances so far, earning three turnovers on his debut against Worcester Warriors, while center Morisi has featured in the Gallagher Premiership and Premiership Rugby Cup in his four races.

The 24-year-old has won seven of his 22 caps this calendar year as he has appeared in all five Guinness Six Nations matches, with Morisi playing against Argentina and Uruguay last fall.

Italy open their November fixtures against Samoa at the Stadio Plebiscito in Padua (5e 1 p.m. November ko), then continuing against Australia at the Stadio Franchi (12e November, 1 p.m. ko) before closing their game against world champions South Africa in Genoa on 19e (Stadio Luigi Ferraris, 1 p.m. ko).

Kieran Crowley’s 35-man Italian training squad


Pietro CECCARELLI (CA Brive, 21 caps)

Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 37 caps)

Danilo FISCHETTI (Irish from London, 22 caps)

Ivan NEMER (Benetton Rugby, 8 selections)

Ion NECULAI (Zebra Parma, 3 selections)


Luca BIGI (Zebra Parma, 42 selections)

Gianmarco LUCCHESI (Benetton Rugby, 14 caps)

Giacomo NICOTERA (Benetton Rugby, 4 caps)

Second rank

Niccolò CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, 22 caps)

Marco FUSER (Massy, ​​41 caps)

Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 33 caps)

David SISI (Zebre Parma, 24 selections)

Gabriele VENDITTI (Zebra Parma, esordiente)

Last rank

Luca ANDREANI (Zebra Parma, esordiente)

Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby, coach)

Toa HALAFIHI (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)

Michèle LAMARO (Benetton Rugby, 18 selections) – captain

Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 38 caps)

Giovanni PETTINELLI (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)

Manuel ZULIANI (Benetton Rugby, 4 caps)

scrum half

Manfredi ALBANESE (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps)

Alessandro FUSCO (Zebre Parma, 8 caps)

Alessandro GARBISI (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)

Stephen VARNEY (Gloucester Rugby, 12 caps)

Half flies

Tommaso ALLAN (Harlequins, 63 caps)

Paolo GARBISI (Montpellier, 20 selections)

Leonardo MARIN (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)


Juan Ignacio BREX (Benetton Rugby, 15 caps)

Enrico LUCCHIN (Zebra of Parma, esordiente)

Tommaso MENONCELLO (Benetton Rugby, 3 caps)

Luca MORISI (Irish from London, 36 caps)

Exterior backs

Pierre BRUNO (Zebra Parma, 4 selections)

Ange CAPUOZZO (Stade Toulousain, 5 caps)

Montanna IOANE (Melbourne Rebels, 14 caps)

Edoardo PADOVANI (Benetton Rugby, 38 caps)


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