The Official Online RBS 6 Nations Store is open. The store has everything you need to get behind your team during the RBS 6 Nations, plus the store is now fully stocked with a much wider range of rugby merchandise.
And having shown a desire to play an expansive game during the RBS 6 Nations, Brunel is eager to see his team maintain their upward rise.
He said: “The November Tests against New Zealand and Australia, as well as the Six Nations, showed our ambitions to express ourselves like the best teams in the world and we want to continue on that path.
“South Africa and Samoa will be two very tough opponents, we will try to build on the rugby we have showed over the last year.
“Along with the Six Nations squad we have brought in players who have a lot of experience and have had very good seasons, I’m referring specifically to [Valerio] Bernabo, [Matias] Aguero and [Alberto] Di Bernardo, as well as youngsters like [Andrea] Manici, [Leonardo] Sarto and [Alberto] Chillon, who we want to see at the highest level after some interesting performances in the Pro12.
“They are players who have improved a lot and now we want to see how they perform at international level and see how they get on within the squad.”
Italy squad for summer tour to South Africa:
Matias Aguero (Zebre Rugby)
Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester Tigers)
Lorenzo Cittadini (Benetton Treviso)
Alberto De Marchi (Benetton Treviso)
Michele Rizzo (Benetton Treviso)
Leonardo Ghiraldini (Benetton Treviso)
Davide Giazzon (Zebre Rugby)
Andrea Manici (Zebre Rugby)
Valerio Bernabò (Benetton Treviso)
Marco Bortolami (Zebre Rugby)
Joshua Furno (Narbonne)
Antonio Pavanello (Benetton Treviso)
Robert Barbieri (Benetton Treviso)
Mauro Bergamasco (Zebre Rugby)
Francesco Minto (Benetton Treviso)
Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais)
Manoa Vosawai (Benetton Treviso)
Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Treviso)
Tobias Botes (Benetton Treviso)
Alberto Chillon (Zebre Rugby)
Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso)
Alberto Di Bernardo (Benetton Treviso)
Luciano Orquera (Zebre Rugby)
Gonzalo Canale (Stade Rochelais)
Gonzalo Garcia (Zebre Rugby)
Luca Morisi (Benetton Treviso)
Alberto Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso)
Tommaso Iannone (Benetton Treviso)
Andrea Masi (London Wasps)
Luke McLean (Benetton Treviso)
Leonardo Sarto (Zebre Rugby)
Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre Rugby)