New Number Eight Manoa Vosawai is named by Itay on the summer tour
Italy Head Coach Jacques Brunel named a 30-man-squad ahead of the summer tour to Fiji, Samoa and Japan - and includes Cardiff Blues summer signing Manoa Vosawai as part of the Azzurri set-up.
Italy will assemble in Rome on May 24 before travelling to Sydney the following day and training in the New South Wales capital city for a week before flying to Suva where they will face Fiji on June 7 in their tour opener.
The Azzurri will then play Samoa in Apia on June 14 and Japan in Tokyo on June 21.
Powerful Number Eight Vosawai officially put pen to paper this month on a contract that will see him move to Blues from RaboDirect PRO12 rivals Benetton Treviso.
The exciting Fijian-born back row, who has won 14 caps for Italy, becomes the latest recruit ahead of next season. Blues have also signed New Zealand international lock forward Jarrad Hoeata, Exeter prop Craig Mitchell, Scarlets flanker Josh Turnbull, Gloucester scrum half Tavis Knoyle, Bristol wing George Watkins and Dragons back row Ieuan Jones.
Italy 30-man squad:
Matias Aguero ,Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Alberto De Marchi, Andrea De Marchi, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Davide Giazzon, Andrea Manici, George Fabio Biagi, Marco Bortolami, Marco Fuser, Quintin Geldenhuys, Robert Barbieri, Mauro Bergamasco, Paul Derbyshire, Joshua Furno, Manoa Vosawai, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tito Tebaldi, Tommaso Allan, Luciano Orquera, Michele Campagnaro, Angelo Esposito, Gonzalo Garcia, Tommaso Iannone, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Leonardo Sarto, Alberto Sgarbi, Giovambattista Venditti
Warren Gatland has confirmed he will be joining the fast approaching 50,000-strong crowd at Judgement Day III on Saturday to run the rule over potential Wales Rugby World Cup squad members in the competitive surrounds of the Millennium Stadium.
Cardiff Blues are hosting a special Open Evening this Wednesday night at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park to give prospective students and parents the chance to discover more about our new and exciting rugby education programme.
Our Cardiff Blues Rugby Camps return this Easter to give children right across our region the opportunity to participate in rugby during the holidays - and after selling out our last two camps you can book NOW to avoid any disappointment!
The players at Cardiff Blues will be hoping to play with some true Gallic flair for the rest of the Guinness PRO12 season - after the region teamed up with a successful French bistrot in the Welsh capital.
Cardiff Blues will be celebrating St David's Day when the region faces Edinburgh Rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park on Sunday afternoon (kick-off 12.45pm) - with hundreds of children invited as part of our Regional Schools Day.
Fine footwear retailer The Brogue Trader - one of the official sponsors of Cardiff Blues - is celebrating after being recognised by the British Footwear Association at its annual Footwear Industry Awards.
Battling Cardiff Blues produced a second half performance packed full of character and spirit to push Ulster Rugby all the way in an absorbing Guinness PRO12 encounter at a packed out Kingspan Stadium.
Argentine ace Joaquin Tuculet scored a sensational try in the eighth minute of injury time as Cardiff Blues produced an astonishing finale to snatch victory over Connacht Rugby after an unbelievable Guinness PRO12 encounter.