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."
In the fifth of a series of interviews, British & Irish Lions fans reminisce on their favourite tour memories. Here Colin Moffitt recounts his trip to Australia for the triumphant 2013 tour against the Wallabies.
Victory on a British & Irish Lions tour, alongside some memorable performances in the red of Wales, has seen Mike Phillips follow in the footsteps of legendary compatriots like JPR Williams and Phil Bennett - and it is a legacy he may have been destined to join since his junior days at Whitland RFC.
In the fourth of a series of interviews, British & Irish Lions fans reminisce on their favourite tour memories. Here Norman Roberts - father of Lions centre Jamie Roberts - recounts his trips to South Africa and Australia.
There is nothing quite like being on Tour! The buzz and atmosphere generated on a Lions Tour is memorable. Here's what some of the travelling fans thought of their trip to Australia in 2013. Secure your place for New Zealand 2017 at www.lionstour.com
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.