Thursday, July 28, 2011

Italy vs Romania - Rugby World Cup 2007

Four days after playing its first match of Rugby World Cup 2011 Italy had its second match of the tournament against European rivals, Romania. Like the Italians opening fixture the match took place at the Stade Velodrome in Marseilles and received a positive crowd of 44,000. Italy fielded a strong but tired side for the must win encounter which included five players from Argentina. Martín Castrogiovanni, Santiago Dellapé, Sergio Parisse, Ramiro Pez and Gonzalo Canale were all in the starting lineup and it would be the secondrower, Dellapé who was the hero as he scored one of Italy´s two tries with the other being a penalty try. Romania were more competitive than expected in no small part due to the fixtures list which had Romania playing its first match vs Italy who were playing for the second time in five days. The 24-18 win meant Italy were one from two and needed to defeated Portugal and Scotland to advance to the knock-out stages.

Dellapé will not play in New Zealand 2011 after retiring from international rugby following the completion of the French Top 14 season. Dellapé will continue playing for Racing Metro, with whom he has been with sicne 2009. He previously played Agen, Biarritz and Toulon after arriving in France in 2004 following four years of professional rugby in Italy with L´Aquila and Treviso.  His decade long reign as a professional player has been very impressive since leaving La Plata. He won the Italian championship with Treviso in 2004 and played in the 2003 and 2007 Rugby World Cup´s for Italy. One thing remains unfulfilled, however, as Dellapé will be looking for a Top 14 or Heineken Cup title with Racing Metro.

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