Jacques Brunel names first Italy squad for Six Nations

New Italy coach Jacques Brunel has named his first squad since he took over the Azzurri, choosing 30 players for the upcoming Six Nations tournament which begins against France in Paris. Sergio Parisse will continue to captain the side.

Forwards: Robert Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Tommaso D’Apice (Aironi), Alberto De Marchi (Aironi), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Simone Favaro (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais, capt.), Antonio Pavanello (Treviso), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Cornelius Van Zyl (Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso).

Backs: Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Kris Burton (Treviso), Angelo Esposito (Ruggers Tarvisium), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont), Andrea Masi (Aironi), Luke McLean (Treviso), Luca Morisi (Monte Parma), Luciano Orquera (Aironi), Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi), Fabio Semenzato (Treviso), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Guilio Toniolatti (Aironi), Giovambattista Venditti (Aironi).

4 thoughts on “Jacques Brunel names first Italy squad for Six Nations

  1. I see there is no Mirco Bergamasco. I haven’t watched a lot of the Italian clubs this year so wouldn’t possibly know, but is that seen as a bit of a surprise?

    1. Yes, he’s been dropped. A bit of a surprise I would think, and he had a good tournament last year.

      Was he also on goal-kicking duty?

  2. can only assume italy have gone for maybe abit more pace in their 3/4 line then rather than mirco just crashing it up on the wings

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