Monday February 23rd, 2015

An Italian rugby player will miss the country's upcoming match in the Six Nations Championship after a play session with a friend's dog turned bad, according to BBC Sport.

Martin Castrogiovanni needed 14 stitches after the dog bit his nose in what the Italian rugby federation has called a "slight domestic incident," the BBC reports.

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Perhaps the Italian side would be wise to suit up the dog for the important match against Scotland, as he must be fairly tough to take out a seasoned rugby veteran like Castrogiovanni, who has played in 109 matches for Italy.

The RC Toulon player seems to have a soft spot for canines, as he is pictured with a bulldog in his Twitter bio.


Brendan Maloy

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