Rugby union: Dog bite rules 'Castro' out of Scotland clash, say Italy

MILAN (AFP) - Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni will miss the Six Nations clash away to Scotland this weekend because of a dog bite, the Italian rugby federation has announced.

He was bitten on the nose by a friend's dog at the weekend and was given 14 stitches to the wound.

It was described as a "domestic incident" by Italy team bosses, who on Tuesday confirmed that the Toulon prop would miss the trip to Murrayfield as he continues a course of antibiotics.

"Castro is not training so as to avoid any risk of infection, and is still following a course of antibiotics," said team manager Luigi Troiani.

"He will not be available for the trip to Scotland, but we'll be counting on him returning as soon as possible."

Italy, who were awarded the tournament's wooden spoon for their last-place finish last season, started this year's tournament with high hopes but have conceded defeats to both Ireland (3-26) and England (47-17).