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Alex heads home with Italy squad

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Alex Moreno has been given the opportunity to play against his home country this weekend after being named among the Italy replacements to face Argentina in Cordoba.

The prop, who celebrates his 35th birthday this week, has been recalled by national coach Nick Mallett and hopes to add to the four senior caps he gained for Italy to follow the three he collected for Argentina before his move to play professionally in Europe.

Sergio Parisse returns as captain for Italy after Stade Francais lost their Top 14 semi-final, while Mauro Bergamasco returns after suspension.

Italy team: Andrea Marcato, Kaine Robertson, Mirco Bergamasco, Gonzalo Garcia, Matteo Pratichetti, Luke McLean, Simon Picone; Ignacio Rouyet, Fabio Ongaro, Carlos Nieto, Santiago Dellape, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Josh Sole, Mauro Bergamasco, Sergio Parisse (captain). Replacements: Leonardo Ghiraldini, Alex Moreno, Tommaso Reato, Alessandro Zanni, Pablo Canavosio, Enrico Patrizio, Riccardo Pavan/Jaco Erasmus