Italy

Published on: 23rd August 2015

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Team Profileitaly-flag

World Ranking: 14

Odds of Winning: 2500/1

Road To Qualification:

Automatic from RWC 2011.

Recent Results

Italy 12 – 16 Scotland

Italy 20 – 19 Samoa

Samoa 30 – 24 Italy

Australia 31 – 15 Italy

World Cup Pool Games:

Date Time Team v Team Stadium
Saturday, 19 September 15 20:00 France v Italy Twickenham
Saturday, 26 September 15 14:30 Italy v Canada Elland Road, Leeds
Sunday, 4 October 15  16:45 Ireland v Italy Olympic Stadium, London
Sunday, 11 October 15  14:30 Italy v Romania Sandy Park, Exeter

Strengths

  • Sergio Parisse.
  • Experienced front row, extremely strong at the scrum.
  • Captain Fantastico – Sergio Parisse.
  • Experience against big teams.
  • Sergio Parisse.

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Highlights Source: yoe91 YouTube channel

Weaknesses

  • Playing a full 80min game of rugby.
  • Keeping a fly-half fit for 80min, let alone the tournament.

Key Players

  • Sergio Parisse (Number 8, Stade Français) – needs no introduction.
  • Tommaso Allan (Fly-Half, Perpignan) – the Scotland U20 fly half is talented but has only 14 caps. His role will be crucial!
  • Mauro Bergamasco (Flanker, Zebre Rugby) – 36 years old and still capable of helping Italy win big games.
  • Luca Morisi (Centre, Treviso) – showed his talent in the last Six Nations with two tries against England.
  • Sergio Parisse – has he been mentioned yet?
  • Andrea Masi (Fullback or Centre, Wasps) – 91 caps for Italy.

[youtube https://youtu.be/vREzK_DhOpM]

Video Source: Total Rugby profile from World Rugby

Injuries/Unlucky To Miss Out

Fly-half Kelly Haimona is injured. Most won’t miss his awful kicking stats and crash-ball style of play at fly-half. But that leaves Allan as the only capped fly-half in the Italian squad.

Marco Bortolami (Lock, Zebre), Robert Barbieri (Flanker, Treviso), Michele Vinsentin (Wing, Zebre) were the latest to miss out when the 31-man squad was announced.

Squad

Forwards
Matías Agüero (Prop, Zebre)
Martin Castrogiovanni (Prop, Toulon/Racing 92)
Dario Chistolini (Prop, Zebre)
Lorenzo Cittadini (Prop, Wasps)
Michele Rizzo (Prop, Leicester)
Marco Fuser (Lock, Treviso)
Leonardo Ghiraldini (Hooker, Leicester)
Davide Giazzon (Hooker, Treviso)
Andrea Manici (Hooker, Zebre)
Valerio Bernabò (Lock, Treviso)
Quintin Geldenhuys (Lock, Zebre)
Joshua Furno (Lock or Flanker, Newcastle)
Mauro Bergamasco (Flanker, Zebre)
Francesco Minto (Flanker, Treviso)
Alessandro Zanni (Flanker or Number 8, Treviso)
Sergio Parisse (Number 8, Stade Français) – Captain
Samuela Vunisa (Number 8, Zebre/Saracens)

Backs
Edoardo Gori (Scrum-Half, Treviso)
Marcello Violi (Scrum-Half, Calvisano)
Guglielmo Palazzani (Scrum-Half, Zebre)
Tommaso Allan (Fly-Half, Perpignan)
Carlo Canna (Fly-Half, Zebre)
Luca Morisi (Centre, Treviso)
Michele Campagnaro (Centre, Treviso)
Gonzalo Garcia (Centre, Zebre)
Andrea Masi (Centre or Fullback, Wasps)
Tommaso Benvenuti (Wing, Bristol)
Angelo Esposito (Wing, Treviso)
Leonardo Sarto (Wing, Zebre)
Giovanbattista Venditti (Wing, Zebre/Newcastle)
Luke McLean (Fullback, Sale/Treviso)

Summary

Italy in the RWC are a bit of mystery. While they can front up against the big European teams in the Six Nations, they rarely make a strong case for themselves on the bigger stage. This, however doesn’t mean that they shouldn’t be taken seriously. In their recent narrow loss to Scotland they showed some composure which will be vital at the World Cup.

Ever since the retirement of Diego Dominguez, Italy have struggled to find a reliable fly-half. Luciano Orquera (48 caps) is now retired from international rugby and the Six Nations starter Kelly Haimona (7 caps) is injured. This leaves Tommaso Allan (14 caps) as the first choice of fly-half for the RWC. The Perpignan player who played for Scotland U20 is able to lead the team but will need to stay fit for Italy to have a fighting chance. The uncapped 23 year old Carlo Canna will be Italy’s only specialist back up in the position. Fullback Luke McLean is the other solution if there are more injuries or poor performances.

Captain Fantastico Sergio Parisse will again be Italy’s most noticeable player. He’s played immensely well all season for Stade Français and ended up winning the Top 14 title. He’ll come to the RWC full of confidence and ready to cause an upset.

PinkSergio

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