On the field three players with experience in the senior national team. Alessandro Troncon relies from the beginning on 13 players seen in URC in the last season
Italy A: training to challenge Namibia made. Captain will be Davide Ruggeri (ph. Franco Perego / World Rugby)
The South African tour of Italy will open against Namibia A. Alessandro Troncon, head coach of the Azzurri selection, has chosen the team that on Friday 24 June at 16.30 will take the field in Cape Town against the African team.
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Three players included in the starting XV who have collected appearances with the Italian National Major (Bellini, Canna Alongi) to face an opponent who in the next period will be involved in qualifying for RWC 2023.
Enlarged triangle formed by Biondelli-Gesi-Bellini with the latter who scored a goal against Namibia at the World Cup in Japan as Carlo Canna deployed as number 10 who will be paired in the median with Casilio. The Drago and Lucchin centers will complete the trocar department.
In third line captain Ruggeri, confirmed leader after leading the Emerging National Team in the victory against the Netherlands in Rovigo, will be assisted by Lorenzo Cannone and Iacopo Bianchi. Krumov and Piantella will start in the second line from the first minute, while Alongi, Ribaldi and Spagnolo will find space in the front line.
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Ready to take over from the bench Di Bartolomeo, Buonfiglio, Nocera, Iachizzi, Izekor, Citton, Di Marco, Bertaccini.
“It will be a very interesting test case. We will face a physical team engaged in qualifying for the next World Cup. From our point of view, the focus will be on our performance with the aim of hitting an important result and continuing the growth process both from a collective and individual point of view by the players who aspire to wear the jersey of the national team in the future ” declared Alessandro Troncon.
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Italy A: training to challenge Namibia made. Captain will be Davide Ruggeri
15 Michelangelo BIONDELLI (Golden Flames Rugby / Zebre Parma)
14 Mattia BELLINI (Benetton Rugby, 31 caps)
13 Filippo DRAGO (Mogliano Rugby 1969 / Benetton Rugby)
12 Enrico LUCCHIN (Zebre Parma)
11 Simone GESI (HBS Colorno)
10 Carlo CANNA (Fiamme Oro Rugby / Zebre Parma, 53 caps)
9 Nicolo CASILIO (Zebre Parma)
8 Lorenzo CANNONE (Benetton Rugby)
7 Iacopo BIANCHI (Flames Gold Rugby / Zebre Parma)
6 Davide RUGGERI (FEMI-CZ Rovigo) – captain
5 Leonard KRUMOV (Zebre Parma)
4 Nicola PIANTELLA (FEMI-CZ Rovigo / Benetton Rugby)
3 Filippo ALONGI (Mogliano Rugby 1969 / Benetton Rugby, 1 cap)
2 Giampietro RIBALDI (Rugby Viadana 1970)
1 Mirco SPANISH (Petrarca Rugby)
16 Tommaso DI BARTOLOMEO (Petrarca Rugby)
17 Paolo BUONFIGLIO (Zebre Parma)
18 Matteo NOCERA (Fiamme Oro Rugby / Zebre Parma)
19 Edoardo IACHIZZI (Vannes)
20 Alessandro IZEKOR (Transvecta Calvisano)
21 Lorenzo CITTON (Petrarca Rugby)
22 Filippo DI MARCO (Flames Gold Rugby)
23 Giulio BERTACCINI (Valorugby Emilia)
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