But with 93 caps to his name the 33-year-old, who made his debut all the way back in 1998, will bring some much needed experience to the back-row.
Bergamasco’s inclusion comes as a result of Italy captain Sergio Parisse’s red card on the weekend while playing for his Top 14 side Stade Francais in their 30-14 win over Bordeaux Begles.
The Italian No.8 may now find himself facing a suspension that could jeopardise his involvement in Saturday’s Wales clash leaving a hole for the Zebre flanker to potentially fill.
With brother Mirco ruled out through injury, Mauro’s call up continues the remarkable streak that has seen a Bergamasco included in every RBS 6 Nations since the tournament began.
And only seven caps short of his century, Bergamasco will be desperate to grab at least a spot on the bench when Rob Howley’s Wales side travel to the Italian capital.