Posted by: fiore | September 6, 2007

Italy team for NZL v ITA

One day to the RWC kick-off, and only two days to the big clash for Italy and finally the head coach Pierre Berbizier has announced the team to play New Zealand in the IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 opening Pool C match at the Velodrome in Marseille on Saturday.

It is a strong side, the best side Italy can display, that will face a powerful Allblack team.

This will probably be the most significant test in the pool stage for the Allblacks, and a very important test to measure Italy strenght and aspiration.

The solid Italian pack is definitely the cornerstone of the team, with its powerful scrum and the effective line-out, but will the backs stand to the test?

1 Salvatore Perugini
2 Fabio Ongaro
3 Martin Castrogiovanni
4 Santiago Dellapè
5 Marco Bortolami (c)
6 Alessandro Zanni
7 Mauro Bergamasco
8 Sergio Parisse
9 Alessandro Troncon
10 Roland de Marigny
11 Marko Stanojevic
12 Mirco Bergamasco
13 Andrea Masi
14 Kaine Robertson
15 David Bortolussi

Replacements:

16 Carlo Festuccia
17 Andrea Lo Cicero
18 Valerio Bernabò
19 Manoa Vosawai
20 Paul Griffen
21 Gonzalo Canale
22 Ezio Galon

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