Bortolami back for Italy

Italy welcome back Gloucester lock Marco Bortolami for the RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff on February 23.

Italy welcome back Gloucester lock Marco Bortolami for the RBS 6 Nations clash against Wales in Cardiff on February 23.

Bortolami, who missed the narrow defeats to Ireland and England through an eye injury, has been included in Nick Mallett's 24-man squad.

The former Italy captain takes Tommaso Reato's place in the Azzurri party.

Reato made his senior debut in Italy's 16-11 defeat against Ireland at Croke Park.

Italy will be looking for their first win in the 2008 tournament when they travel to the Millennium Stadium.

Italy squad:

Backs: Mirco Bergamasco (Stade Francais), D Bortolussi (Montpellier), G Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), P Canavosio (Castres), A Masi (Biarritz Olympique), K Robertson (Arix Viadana), E Galon (Overmach Cariparma), A Marcato (Benetton Treviso), S Picone (Benetton Treviso), A Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso).

Forwards: Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers), C Antonio del Fava (Ulster), S Dellape (Biarritz Olympique), C Festuccia (Racing Metro Paris), L Ghiraldini (Cammi Calvisano), A Lo Cicero (Racing Metro Paris), S Parisse (Stade Francais), S Perugini (Stade Toulousain), J Sole (Arix Viadana), A Zanni (Cammi Calvisano), M Bortolami (Gloucester), C Nieto (Gloucester RFC), P Travagli (Overmach Cariparma).

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