Giazzon replaces Ghiraldini in Italy squad

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Leonardo Ghiraldini will miss Italy's first two Six Nations matches as he steps up his recovery from injury, so Davide Giazzon has been called up as a replacement.

Vastly experienced hooker Ghiraldini has yet to make his return for Leicester Tigers after being troubled by a hamstring problem since November.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel will take no chances with Ghiraldini - who has 80 caps - until he has proved his fitness in competitive action for his club.

Benetton Treviso's Giazzon has been added to a 30-man squad for the Six Nations opener against France in Paris a week on Saturday and the home clash with England a week later.