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
Thank Blues it's Friday! The weekend will be starting HERE on Friday night as Cardiff Blues tackle Ulster in the Guinness PRO12 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park - and we want you to be our guest at our big match day party!
Let the Games Begin! Cardiff Blues launch the Guinness PRO12 season on home soil this Sunday afternoon against Glasgow Warriors (kick-off 4pm) - and we are going to make it a double celebration as we also recognise the achievements of Team Wales!
First team aces Cory Allen, Lloyd Williams, Ellis Jenkins and new signing Jarrad Hoeata were all on hand to watch the next generation of stars when Cardiff Blues held a huge Under-8s Tag Rugby tournament at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Second half tries from Dan Tuohy and Ian Humphreys saw Ulster claim the Friday night points on offer as Cardiff Blues suffered a 26-9 defeat to the impressive Irish province at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Clinical Glasgow Warriors produced a devastating final 20 minutes to secure the points on Super Sunday and consign battling Cardiff Blues to a 33-12 defeat in the Guinness PRO12 opener at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.
Impressive Cardiff Blues pushed English powerhouse side Leicester Tigers all the way with an hugely encouraging performance as final preparations for the new Guinness PRO12 season continued at Welford Road.