Former Leinster player Ian McKinley could be in line for his first international cap after being included in Italy’s squad for the November internationals.
The out-half, who lost the sight in his left eye six years ago in an on-field accident, was included in an extended training squad ahead of this summer’s tour but did not make the final cut.
But the 27-year-old Treviso player, who qualifies for the Azzurri under the residency rule, has done enough to merit inclusion in Conor O’Shea’s squad for games against Fiji, Argentina and South Africa.
"This is the highlight of my career," McKinley said.
Sergio Parisse and Leonardo Ghiraldini return to the squad having missed out during the summer.