Dog bite sidelines Italian rugby star

Martin Castrogiovanni

Martin Castrogiovanni

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After 14 consecutive appearances against Scotland and 15 altogether, Italian prop Martin Castrogiovanni is likely to be ruled out of Saturday’s fixture in bizarre circumstances.

The prop, capped 109 times, has had 14 stitches inserted in a wound and given a tetanus injection after being bitten on the nose by a friend’s dog. The Italian Federation described the injury as a “minor household accident” and called up Wasps’ Lorenzo Cittadini.