Ian McKinley, Jayden Hayward named in Italy autumn squad

McKinley lost the sight in his left eye after taking an accidental boot to the face in 2011. Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images

Conor O'Shea has named five uncapped players in his Italy squad for their autumn internationals, including Ireland-born Ian McKinley.

McKinley has been in superb form for Treviso this term, coming within a minute of steering them to a famous Champions Cup win over Toulon last weekend.

The fly-half is joined by New Zealand-born centre Jayden Hayward, fullback Matteo Minozzi as well as forwards Renato Giammarioli and Giovanni Licata.

Italy face Fiji, Argentina and South Africa, whom they beat during last year's autumn series, next month.

Italy squad

Forwards: Biagi Budd, Fabiani, Ghiraldini, Chistolini, Ferrari, Fuser, Giammarioli, Lazzaroni, Licata, Lovotti, Minto, Negri, Parisse, Pasquali, Ruzza, Steyn, Zani,

Backs: Gori, Tebaldi, Violi, Canna, McKinley, Benvenuti, Boni, Castello, Hayward, Esposito, Sarto, Venditti, Minozzi, Padovani.