Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Argentine players named in Italian World Cup Squad

Italian international rugby coach, Nick Mallet, has announced a previsionary squad of 43 players for Rugby World Cup 2011. Six of the players listed are from Argentina The final squad will be thirty players and it is therefore highly unlikely that an player not named in Mallet´s squad of 43 will have a chance of selection for New Zealand 2011. The squad includes the return of Italian star backrower, Mauro Bergamasco who has been out through injury for most of the season and missed Italy´s Six Nations campaign as well as Italy´s home internationals in November. In his place, Italy found suitable replacements and played some enterprizing rugby which included a first ever Six Nations triumph over France - Italy´s most important win of all time.

Mallet´s Argentine squad members includes two forwards and four backs. In the forwards are Leicester Tigers tighthead prop, Martín Castrogiovanni and Stade Français backrower, Sergio Parisse who will captain Italy in the sides quest to be the first ever Italian side to reach the Quarter Final stage of a Rugby World Cup. In the backs, there are four Argentine born players in scrumhalf Pablo Canavosio, flyhalf Luciano Orquera and centres Gonzalo García and Gonzalo Canale. Racing Metro secondrower, Santiago Dellapé has not been included as he recently retired from international rugby leaving Italy with a huge void to fill.

Provisionary World Cup squad

Loosehead Prop: Alberto de Marchi (25, Aironi, Uncapped), Andrea Lo Cicero (35, Racing-Métro, France 86 caps), Salvatore Perugini (33, Aironi, 80 caps)

Hooker: Tommaso d'Apice (22, Aironi, Uncapped), Carlo Festuccia (30, Racing-Métro, France 51 caps), Leonardo Ghiraldini (26, Treviso, 37 caps, vice captain), Fabio Ongaro (33, Aironi, 76 caps)

Tighthead Prop: Martín Castrogiovanni (29, Leicester, England, 76 caps), Lorenzo Cittadini (28, Treviso, 4 caps)

Secondrow: Marco Bortolami (30, Aironi, 84 caps), Carlo Antonio del Fava (29, Aironi, 52 caps), Joshua Furno (21, Aironi, Uncapped), Quintin Geldenhuys (29, Aironi, 21 caps), Corniel van Zyl (32, Treviso, Uncapped)

Backrow: Robert Barbieri (26, Treviso, 14 caps), Mauro Bergamasco (32, Stade Français, France 84 caps), Valerio Bernabò (27, Treviso, 19 caps) Paul Derbyshire (24, Treviso, 10 caps), Sergio Parisse,  (27, Stade Français, France 77 caps, captain), Manoa Vosawai (27, Treviso, 8 caps), Alessandro Zanni (27, Treviso, 52 caps)

Scrumhalf: Pablo Canavosio (29, Aironi, 36 caps), Edoardo Gori (21, Treviso, 3 caps), Fabio Semenzato (25, Treviso, 4 caps)

Flyhalf: Riccardo Bocchino (23, Aironi, 6 caps), Kris Burton (30, Treviso, 9 caps), Durandt Gerber (29, GranDucato Parma, Uncapped), Craig Gower (33, Bayonne, France, 14 caps), Luciano Orquera (29, Brive, France, 22 caps)

Centre: Gonzalo Canale (28, Clermont, France, 66 caps), Gonzalo García (27, Treviso, 21 caps), Gilberto Pavan (24, Aironi, Uncapped), Andrea Pratichetti (22, Treviso, Uncapped), Matteo Pratichetti (25, Aironi, 22 caps), Alberto Sgarbi (24, Treviso, 12 caps)

Wing: Tommaso Benvenuti (20, Treviso, 6 caps), Mirco Bergamasco (28, Racing-Métro, France, 81 caps), Denis Majstorovic (21, Cavalieri Prato, Uncapped), Michele Sepe (24, Treviso, 3 caps), Giulio Toniolatti (27, Aironi, 5 caps)

Fullback: Andrea Masi (30, Aironi, 60 caps), Luke McLean (23, Treviso, 28 caps), Ruggero Trevisan (21, Aironi, Uncapped)

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