The Italian third tier will not be able to face Ireland next weekend. Suffering from bruised ribs, he will return to his club to recover.
Italy lose an important element of their starting 15 to challenge Ireland next weekend. Sebastian Negri suffered a late game against England “rib contusion affecting the costal chondral joint”and will be absent in Dublin, informs the Italian Federation.
Details clarify that Negri is not suffering from a rib fracture. So he could return for Italy’s third match and the reception of the French team in Rome. Meanwhile, one of the leaders of the selection returns to his club to rest. “In synergy with the staff Azzurri, (he) will be followed in the coming days by an evaluation of the rehabilitation process with a view to his return.”
Despite a good game against England, Gonzalo Quesada’s players could not avoid defeat (24-27). Losing Negri is a big blow especially considering what lies ahead in Dublin next sunday v 16. Italy’s last 6 Nations win dates back to the historic success in Wales in 2022 (21-22). They remain on the chopping block in 2023 and out of the group stage of the World Cup in France.