Veteran scrum-half Alessandro Troncon is the surprise inclusion in the Italy squad for their opening RBS 6 Nations match against France on February 3.
Troncon made his Azzurri debut in 1994 and has gone on to represent his country on 85 occasions.
The Clermont-Auvergne veteran made his last appearance for Italy in March 2005.
Italy squad to face France in Rome:
Forwards: M Bortolami (Gloucester), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), S Dellape (Biarritz), C Festuccia (GRAN Parma), M Bergamasco (Stade Francais), S Parisse (S Francais), S Perugini (Toulouse), V Bernabo (Calvisano), M Zaffiri (Calvisano), A Zanni (Calvisano), F Ongaro (Saracens), A Lo Cicero (L'Aquila), J Sole (Viadana), C Nieto (Gloucester).
Backs: G Canale (Clermont-Auvergne), A Scanavacca (Calvisano), P Griffen (Calvisano), M Bergamasco (Stade Francais), R Pez (Bayonne), K Robertson (Viadana), A Masi (Biarritz), D Dallan (Stade Francais), R De Marigny (Calvisano), A Troncon (Clermont-Auvergne).
Wales' acting head coach Rob Howley has given Sam Davies and Rory Thornton a boost ahead of the RBS 6 Nations by naming the uncapped Ospreys duo in his largely experienced squad for the Autumn Internationals.