Italy scrum-half Stephen Varney will miss the conclusion of the Guinness Six Nations through injury.
The Gloucester No.9 has started all three of Italy’s matches so far in the Championship, featuring in the 37-10 defeat away to France in Round 1, the 33-0 defeat at home to England in Round 2 and the 57-6 defeat in Ireland in Round 3 last Sunday.
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But the 20-year-old will play no further part in the remaining fixtures at home to Scotland and away to Wales on Super Saturday after picking up an unspecified injury that will see him sidelined until at least the end of this year’s Championship.
In a statement released in both English and Italian on his social media, Varney said: “Gutted to have been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations through injury.
“All the best to the boys for [the] next two games.”
Varney, who qualifies for Italy through his mother Valeria, has won 12 caps for his country since making his debut against Scotland in November 2020 during the Autumn Nations Cup, just months after he was called up to the Under-20s squad.