Posted by: fiore | September 30, 2008

Mauro has his say about ELVs

Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco

Italy flanker Mauro Bergamasco

Italy talented flanker Mauro Bergamasco is eager to find out how his team will cope with the ELVs in the forthcoming November test-matches with Australia (08/11), Argentina (15/11) and Pacific Islanders (22/11).

In an interview on Planet-Rugby he declares that despite “the new laws have been interpreted well, there have been some bad aspects too. The interpretation at the breakdown is particularly strict and leads to a lot of confusion in the matches. Then there are the other rules, which the referees interpret individually. But players need the ability to adapt to them on the field.”

Mauro, who will be hoping to pass the 60-cap mark by the end of the series, feels that both games with Australia and Argentina present different challenges, with Australia preferring an expansive gameplan, whilst Argentina – like Italy – are traditionally keener to mix it in the forwards. With the unknown qualities of the Pacific Islands rounding off their three-Test series.

“These matches obviously give us the chance to show the strength of the Italy team and to see how we have evolved and how the new players can fit into the system.” added Mauro.

As an openside flanker, Bergamasco is expected to push the limits of the laws at the breakdown and his contest with the likes of Australia’s George Smith and the Pacific Islands’ Akapusi Qera will have a big influence of who finishes as winner.

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