Duo answer Azzurri call
Nick Mallett has drafted in Carlo Del Fava and Tommaso Reato as his squad prepare for their RBS Six Nations clash with France.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 28/02/08 4:17pm
Italy head coach Nick Mallett has drafted in Carlo Del Fava and Tommaso Reato as his squad prepare for their RBS Six Nations clash with France on March 9.
The Azzurri travel to Paris still searching for their first points of the competition, and Mallett has turned to Del Fava after the Ulster lock was cleared of misconduct at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.
The inclusion of Reato is as a precautionary measure as Mallett weighs up more options following the suspension of Mauro Bergamasco.
Del Fava was cited for a late hit on Welsh fly-half Stephen Jones during Italy's 47-8 defeat last Saturday, but the disciplinary committee opted not to sanction the player after deeming the foul not worthy of a red card.
There was no such reprieve for Bergamasco who has been suspended for 13 weeks after being found guilty of eye-gouging Wales full-back Lee Byrne.
Both Del Fava and Bergamasco had been left out of the squad pending the hearing, and Reato's call-up now means the Azzurri coach can definitely not call on Bergamasco.