Former Bath and London Irish forward David Sisi could earn his first Italian cap as he was named in Italy’s 31-man Six Nations training squad.

The 6’5, 120kg forward won 14 caps for England U20s in 2012 and 2013 and currently plays for Zebre.

Conor O’Shea’s squad also includes former Leinster flyhalf Ian McKinley, who already has four caps to his name.

O’Shea said: “As ever there have been some difficult selection decisions but we are looking forward to getting the group back together and continuing to work towards not just been competitive but winning at the highest level.

“The Six Nations this year has probably never seen so many squads operating at the very highest level. We know the challenge but also know when we get our levels to where they need to be we can be more than just competitive but we need to work even harder now to ensure the big moments in these matches go our way.

“We have played and beaten teams like Fiji, Japan and Georgia over the past 18 months but have not been able to get the victory against the top tier teams that will really springboard what we are doing in Italian Rugby and also lift the confidence to go to the next level.

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