Gloucester Rugby scrum-half Callum Braley has been called-up to train with Italy's Six Nations squad ahead of their clash against Ireland in Rome.
The 24-year-old led England Under 20 side to back to back Junior World Championship in 2013 and 2014 and is qualified to play for Italy through his grandfather.
Braley's progress with the Cherry and Whites was constantly monitored by Italy head coach Conor O'Shea and now has been included in 33-man training squad as they seek their first Six Nations win after losing 19 consecutive games in the history of the tournament.
Braley made his professional rugby debut with Bristol in 2012 before he headed to Kingsholm during the 2014/15 season.
With defeats against Scotland and Wales, Italy are languishing at the bottom of the Six Nations table.
?? "It's an exciting opportunity to train in an international environment and learn, Italy have shown a lot of promise."@CallumBraley discusses his invite to link up with @Federugby next week pic.twitter.com/APN2HiwEHe— Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) February 12, 2019