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
Cardiff Blues have today advised supporters that the kick-off for the home pre-season fixture with Newport Gwent Dragons has been moved forward so fans can enjoy a double-header of rugby at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
The sun is out and Cardiff Blues are inviting rugby players to slap on the sunscreen and hit the beach this summer with the first-ever Cardiff Blues Beach Rugby competition on Saturday, July 4 on Barry Island Beach!
One of the most eagerly awaited events of the British motorsport calendar - the British FIM Speedway Grand Prix - will return to the Millennium Stadium on Saturday, July 4 - and at Cardiff Blues we've got FIVE PAIRS of tickets up for grabs!
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.