Italy head coach Pierre Berbizier has named a 60-man squad ahead of the summer tour of Japan and Fiji.
The party does not include injured trio Maurizio Zaffiri, Gonzalo Canale and Kaine Robertson, who have all been reassured they will be given chances to regain their places in time for next year's RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Azzurri team manager Carlo Checchinato said: "Sadly we decided not to call up the players recovering from injury like Zaffiri, Canale and Robertson, but I'm confident this group of players will be ready to face big tournaments like the World Cup and 6 Nations Championship."
Italy had arguably their most impressive RBS 6 Nations this year, giving a good account of themselves in all their matches.
Checchinato believes the summer tour, which includes Tests against Japan on June 11 and Fiji six days later, will see them take another step forward.
"The idea to call all these players for these two matches is to plan the work in view of the 2007 World Cup and to measure the strength of Italian rugby with respect to all the good things that happened to us in the last 6 Nations."
Santiago Dellape, Aaron Persico (Agen); Matteo Barbini, Salvatore Costanzo, David Dal Maso, Denis Dallan, Andrea Marcato, Fabio Ongaro, Silvio Orlando, Antonio Pavanello, Enrico Pavanello, Simon Picone, Gabriel Pizarro, Walter Pozzebon (Benetton Treviso); Carlos Del Fava (Bourgoin); Marko Stanojevic (Bristol); Luciano Orquera (Brive); Valerio Bernabo, Michael Cagnoni, Pablo Canavosio, Leandro Castrogiovanni, Lorenzo Cittadini, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Paul Griffen, Giorgio Intoppa, Roberto Mandelli, Ludovico Nitoglia, Pino Patelli, Salvatore Perugini, Marco Zanni (Calvisano); Benjamin De Jager, Mauro Estomba (Catania); Julio Alcacer, Carlo Festuccia, Rima Wakarua (Gran Parma); Andrea Lo Cicero, Luigi Milani, Gert Peens (L'Aquila), Erick Reitsma (Livorno), Cristian Stoica (Montpellier); Ezio Galon (Overmach Parma); Nicola Pavin, Michele Rizzo (Padova); Ramiro Pez (Perpignan); Gonzalo Padro, Tommaso Reato (Rovigo); Mauro Bergamasco, Mirco Bergamasco, Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais); Valerio Santillo (Alghero); Matias Aguero, Luigi Ferraro, Andrea Masi, Nicola Mazzantini, Carlos Nieto, Samuele Pace, Josh Sole, Claudio Spadaio, Pietro Travagli, Mario Vella (Viadana).
Peter O'Mahony was named man of the match against England last month
21 April 2017, 7:22pm
Peter O'Mahony's performance in the RBS 6 Nations finale for Ireland against England was crucial to his selection for the British & Irish Lions on Wednesday, Ireland and Lions defence coach Andy Farrell has revealed.