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Rugby | Six Nations

Mauro Bergamasco © Gallo Images

Bergamasco called up to Italy squad



Veteran flanker Mauro Bergamasco has been called up to the Italy squad for the Six Nations match against Wales.

The 33-year-old, who has 93 caps, was left out of Jacques Brunel's squad for the opening two matches against France and Scotland but has been called up largely as cover for captain Sergio Parisse.

Parisse is facing the threat of a suspension after he was sent off for allegedly insulting the referee while playing for Stade Francais against Bordeaux on Saturday. Parisse has professed his innocence.

This Six Nations tournament is the first in several years in which Italy started without either of the Bergamasco brothers, as Mirco is injured.

Italy stunned France 23-18 in Rome but was overwhelmed 34-10 by Scotland at Murrayfield.

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