Matteo Mazzantini wants Italy coach John Kirwan to "trust" him with a place in the starting line-up for the RBS 6 Nations opener against England in Rome.
The 27-year-old Viadana number nine was sent-off in Sunday's Parker Pen Cup clash against Rotherham for punching an opponent but he will complete his two-week ban in time to face Sir Clive Woodward's world champions on February 15.
"Fortunately it is not a heavy ban," Mazzantini told the federation's official website, www.federugby.it.
"Now I plan to work hard in order to convince Kirwan to trust me for the game against England."
Representing the British & Irish Lions is the pinnacle of any player's career, according to two-Tour veteran Phil Vickery, who says the experience is further enhanced by the mass support afforded to them in the southern hemisphere.
British & Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton has vowed never to leave his native Wales and wants more players to follow his lead, rather than assume the grass is greener on the other side of the Channel.
Ryan Grant displayed some impressive singing skills while on tour with the British & Irish Lions. The full release of Lions Raw will be available on DVD and Blu-Ray from October 28th. Pre-order on Amazon.
This clip featuring Simon Zebo will whet your appetite ahead of the much anticipated release of 'Lions Raw', the official Behind the Scenes documentary of the successful 2013 Tour. Full release on October 28th and available on DVD and Blu-Ray.