Italy name 20 uncapped players

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has named a 35-man squad for next week's training camp in Parma as the Six Nations Championship approaches.

Brunel's group is a selection of home-based talent and contains 20 uncapped players, with the coach eager to get a good look at his squad.

Included is in-form number eight Andries van Schalkwyk who joins fellow Zebre player Carlo Canna, who has also impressed so far in 2015/16.

The Azzurri will kick-off the Six Nations against France in Paris on February 6 as they look to improve on last year's fifth-placed finish.

Italy training squad

Forwards: Valerio Bernabo (Zebre), George Fabio Biagi (Zebre), Pietro Ceccarelli (Zebre), Dario Chistolini (Zebre), Tommaso D'Apice (Zebre), Giuseppe Di Stefano (Golden Flames Rome), Matthew Ferro (Femi-CZ Rovigo), Ornell Gega (Benetton Treviso), Davide Giazzon (Benetton Treviso), Andrea Lovotti (Zebre), Maxime Mbanda (Rugby Calvisano), Francesco Minto (Benetton Treviso), Sami Panico (Rugby Calvisano), Federico Ruzza (Zebre), Jacopo Sarto (Zebre), Abraham Steyn (Benetton Treviso), Andries van Schalkwyk (Zebre), Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso), Matthew Zanusso (Benetton Treviso).

Backs: Mattia Bellini (Petrarca Padova), Julius Bisegni (Zebre), Thomas Boni (Zebre), Andrea Buondonno (Marchiol Mogliano), Carlo Canna (Zebre), Thomas Castle (Rugby Calvisano), Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre), Kelly Haimona (Zebre), Simone Marinaro (Golden Flames Rome), Luke McLean (Benetton Treviso), David Odiete (Marchiol Mogliano), Edward Padovani (Zebre), William Palazzini (Zebre), Andrea Pratichetti (Benetton Treviso), Marco Susio (Rugby Calvisano), Michele Visentin (Zebre).