Mallett names Italy Rugby World Cup squad

Italy coach Nick Mallett has named his 30-man 2011 Rugby World Cup squad and revealed that they have sett the world cup quarter-finals as their target.

One suprising omission from thje squad is that of reserve flyhalf Kristopher Burton as the Italians are already missing flyhalf Craig Gower who was ruled out earlier this month after he had not recovered sufficiently from a knee ligament operation late last year.

Mallett has named Riccardo Bocchino and Argentine-born Luciano Orquera as the squad’s two flyhalves and also suprised with the uncapped pair Tommaso D’Apice and Cornelius Van Zyl.

“From our point of view, Orquera is the most complete player for the number 10 and….Riccardo Bocchino has in these weeks shown great determination and will to mature and be part of the 30,” South African Mallett told Reuters.

Prop Andrea Lo Cicero and flanker Mauro Bergamasco will both be heading for their fourth World Cup.

“This group is the result of four years of work,” said Mallett, who will not be continuing after the World Cup.

“We have no doubt that the quarter-finals are within our capabilities.”

Italy have not yet reached the last eight of the Rugby World Cup and having set themselves the target of reaching the quarter finals they will have to beat either Australia or Ireland as they are in the same pool as the two along with United States and Russia.

Italy beat France in this year’s Six Nations tournament in Rome but still finished in last place.

They have Rugby World Cup warm up matches against Japan and Scotland next month.

Italy Rugby World Cup squad


Robert Barbieri, Mauro Bergamasco, Marco Bortolami, Martin Castrogiovanni, Lorenzo Cittadini, Tommaso D’Apice, Carlo Antonio Del Fava, Paul Derbyshire, Quintin Geldenhuys, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Andrea Lo Cicero, Sergio Parisse, Salvatore Perugini, Fabio Ongaro, Alessandro Zanni, Cornelius Van Zyl


Tommaso Benvenuti, Mirco Bergamasco, Riccardo Bocchino, Gonzalo Canale, Pablo Canavosio, Gonzalo Garcia, Edoardo Gori, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Luciano Orquera, Matteo Pratichetti, Fabio Semenzato, Alberto Sgarbi, Giulio Toniolatti

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