Derbyshire replaces Minto

Injury opens the door for former Under-21 skipper

Last Updated: 20/01/10 12:38pm

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Derbyshire: Call-up

Derbyshire: Call-up

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Italy coach Nick Mallett has added highly-rated flanker Paul Derbyshire to his squad for the RBS Six Nations after Francesco Minto was ruled out.

The 22-year-old Parma flanker Minto was one of two uncapped players named in the original 30-man squad for the tournament however he has been left sidelined by injury.

That has opened the door for 23-year-old Petrarca Padova back-rower Derbyshire, who won his only cap against Australia in Canberra in the summer.

The former Azzurri Under-21 captain will now be hoping to forcing his way into the match-day squad for the tournament opener against Ireland.

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