MILAN, Italy - Conor O'Shea believes he has found the right mix of youth and experience as Italy look for a breakthrough in three November tests against southern hemisphere sides to build towards the 2019 World Cup.
Captain and number eight Sergio Parisse and hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini are both experienced campaigners and are back for games against Fiji, Argentina and South Africa on consecutive weekends between November 11 and 25.
The squad also includes five new faces -- full-back Matteo Minozzi, Ireland-born fly-half Ian McKinley, New Zealand-born centre Jayden Hayward, and loose forwards Renato Giammarioli and Giovanni Licata.
"Finally I see the light at the end of the tunnel," O'Shea said "We have young players with a lot of potential like Mattia Bellini and people with experience like Sergio (Parisse).
"We have three opportunities to win. I don't know if we will do it, I hope so, but we are certainly on the right track."