Bortolami recalled by Italy

Gloucester lock back in frame, while Bortolussi is doubtful

Last Updated: 13/02/08 10:20pm

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Bortolami: Recovered to play for Azzurri

Bortolami: Recovered to play for Azzurri

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Marco Bortolami will return to the Italy squad for the RBS Six Nations trip to Wales in Cardiff on February 23.

The Gloucester lock, who was replaced by Sergio Parisse as the Azzurri skipper, missed the narrow defeats to Ireland and England after fracturing an eye socket.

However, Bortolami is back to full fitness and has been given the nod ahead for Tommaso Reato in Nick Mallett's 24-man squad.

Montpellier full back David Bortolussi looks set to be replaced in the squad meanwhile, after having reportedly fractured his shoulder in training on Monday.

Calvisano's Paolo Buso looks favourite to take Bortolussi's place if the injury proves serious, and the Montpellier star could now be doubtful for the rest of the tournament.

Italy - 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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