Italy Announce Squad for Rugby World Cup 2011

Nick Mallett has announced the 30 man squad for the coming Rugby World Cup after their loss against Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday. The team is set to meet in Rome on August 28th ahead of their departure to New Zealand. Their opening match of the competition is against two-time world champions Australia on September 11th in North Harbour, kick off at 4.30am.

Forwards
Martin Castrogiovanni, Lorenzo Cittadini, Andrea Lo Cicero, Salvatore Perugini, Tommaso D’Apice, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Fabio Ongaro, Marco Bortolami, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Quintin Geldenhuys, Cornelius Van Zyl, Robert Barbieri, Mauro Bergamasco, Paul Derbyshire, Sergio Parisse (captain), Alessandro Zanni.

Backs
Pablo Canavosio, Edoardo Gori, Fabio Semenzato, Riccardo Bocchino, Luciano Orquera, Tommaso Benvenuti, Mirco Bergamasco, Gonzalo Canale, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Matteo Pratichetti, Alberto Sgarbi, Giulio Toniolatti.