Italy name side to take on France in Paris

Jacques Brunel has named his first ever Italian XV for the match against France in this year’s RBS Six Nations. Sergio Parisse captains the side which features a debutant in Giovanbattista Vendetti on the right wing. Last year’s Player of the Tournament Andrea Masi starts at full back.

15 Andrea MASI (Aironi Rugby, 64 caps)
14 Giovanbattista VENDITTI (Aironi Rugby, esordiente)*
13 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Benetton Treviso, 12 caps)*
12 Alberto SGARBI (Benetton Treviso, 12 caps)
11 Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 33 caps)
10 Kristopher BURTON (Benetton Treviso, 9 caps)
9 Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso, 9 caps)*

8 Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais, 83 caps) – capt
7 Robert BARBIERI (Benetton Treviso, 16 caps)
6 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 58 caps)
5 Quintin GELDENHUYS (Aironi Rugby, 25 caps)
4 Cornelius VAN ZYL (Benetton Treviso, 6 caps)
3 Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Leicester Tigers, 82 caps)
2 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Benetton Treviso, 41 caps)
1 Andrea LO CICERO (Racing-Metro Paris, 91 caps)


16 Tommaso D’APICE (Aironi Rugby, 3 caps)*, 17 Lorenzo CITTADINI (Benetton Treviso, 8 caps), 18 Marco BORTOLAMI (Aironi Rugby, 88 caps), 19 Simone FAVARO (Aironi Rugby, 6 caps)*, 20 Fabio SEMENZATO (Benetton Treviso, 8 caps), 21 Tobias BOTES (Benetton Treviso, esordiente), 22 Gonzalo CANALE (Clermont-Auvergne, 72 caps)

4 thoughts on “Italy name side to take on France in Paris

  1. That pack has an imposing air about it, but you have to say that the backs won’t exactly fill opposing defence coaches with dread.

    Out of interest, what do the asterisks mean?

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