English Version – The italian squad for the match against England

The italian coach Nick Mallett has named the squad that will play Saturday in London against England in the first match of the Six Nations 2009. As it was predictable, the big news are at number nine. With three scrum-halfs ruled out, the southafrican coach has decided to try Mauro Bergamasco, flanker of Stade Français,

The italian coach Nick Mallett has named the squad that will play Saturday in London against England in the first match of the Six Nations 2009. As it was predictable, the big news are at number nine. With three scrum-halfs ruled out, the southafrican coach has decided to try Mauro Bergamasco, flanker of Stade Français, as number 9 for this match. A choice that hasn't been really understood by the italian fans, who fear a debacle in Twickenham. Here the italian XV for Saturday.

ITALIA
15 Andrea MASI (Biarritz Olympique, 44 caps)
14 Kaine ROBERTSON (MPS Viadana, 35 caps)
13 Gonzalo CANALE (Clermont-Auvergne, 42 caps)
12 Gonzalo GARCIA (Cammi Calvisano, 5 caps)
11 Mirco BERGAMASCO (Stade Francais, 56 caps)
10 Andrea MARCATO (Benetton Treviso, 12 caps)
9 Mauro BERGAMASCO (Stade Francais, 69 caps)
8 Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais, 57 caps) – capitano
7 Alessandro ZANNI (Cammi Calvisano, 26 caps)
6 Josh SOLE (MPS Viadana, 33 caps)
5 Marco BORTOLAMI (Gloucester RFC, 70 caps)
4 Santiago DELLAPE’ (Toulon RC, 52 caps)
3 Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
2 Fabio ONGARO (Saracens, 59 caps)
1 Salvatore PERUGINI (Stade Toulousain, 55 caps)

a disposizione
16 Carlo FESTUCCIA (Racing Metro Paris, 45 caps)
17 Carlos NIETO (Gloucester RFC, 31 caps)
18 Tommaso REATO (Femi CZ Rovigo, 6 caps)
19 Jean-Francois MONTAURIOL (Casinò di Venezia, esordiente)
20 Giulio TONIOLATTI (AlmavivA UR Capitolina, 1 cap)
21 Luke MCLEAN (Cammi Calvisano, 3 caps)
22 Matteo PRATICHETTI (Cammi Calvisano, 12 caps)