Italy announces team to play Wales

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Jacques Brunel has announced his team to take on Wales this weekend, with young Tommaso Allan being entrusted with the no.10 jersey from the outset of the competition. Uncapped Angelo Esposito also starts on the wing.

In the pack there is vastly more experience, with Sergio Parisse and Martin Castrogiovanni both north of 100 caps, while Bergamasco and Bortolami could pass that landmark this championship.

Italy team to play Wales:
15 Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 52 caps)
14 Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Treviso, uncapped)
13 Michele CAMPAGNARO (Benetton Treviso, 2 caps)
12 Alberto SGARBI (Benetton Treviso, 27 caps)
11 Leonardo SARTO (Zebre Rugby, 2 caps)
10 Tommaso ALLAN (Perpignan, 3 caps)
9 Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso, 29 caps)
8 Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais, 101 caps) (c)
7 Mauro BERGAMASCO (Zebre Rugby, 95 caps)
6 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 80 caps)
5 Marco BORTOLAMI (Zebre Rugby, 99 caps)
4 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby, 41 caps)
3 Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Toulon RC, 101 caps)
2 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Benetton Treviso, 59 caps)
1 Michele RIZZO (Benetton Treviso, 11 caps)


16 Davide GIAZZON (Zebre Rugby, 15 caps)
17 Alberto DE MARCHI (Benetton Treviso, 12 caps)
18 Lorenzo CITTADINI (Benetton Treviso, 27 caps)
19 Joshua FURNO (Biarritz Olympique, 13 caps)
20 Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso, 7 caps)
21 Tobias Weitz BOTES (Benetton Treviso, 19 caps)
22 Luciano ORQUERA (Zebre Rugby, 37 caps)
23 Tommaso IANNONE (Zebre, 6 caps)

What do you make of the Italy team? Is it good enough to beat Wales?

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

3 thoughts on “Italy announces team to play Wales

  1. Agree with Stesco! Very experienced pack, but I thought that some of them were beginning to creak a little last year and I can see Wales running rampant in the last 20 minutes.

  2. I’m amazed to see this No. 10 starting for Italy, I knew he was dual qualified and that he played for Scotland u20s but I though he was Irish. Would have lined up well with Tomas O’Leary.

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