Familiar faces return for Italy A

(IRB.COM) Thursday 29 May 2008
 Familiar faces return for Italy A
Michele Sepe played against Georgia at the IRB Nations Cup 2007

taly A coaches Marzio Zanato and Alessandro Ghini have announced their squad for the IRB Nations Cup in Bucharest, where they will face Russia, defending champions Emerging South Africa and Georgia from 11-20 June.

A third of this squad were involved in the second staging of the tournament in 2007, including props Alberto de Marchi and Michele Rizzo, back row Paul Derbyshire, centre Alessio Galante and wing Michele Sepe.

Italy A failed to win a match in the Romanian capital last year, narrowly losing to Argentina A 27-20 in a repeat of the 2006 final, Romania 19-8 and then Georgia 22-20 at the Arcul de Triumf Stadium.

Forwards Valerio Bernabó, Silvio Orlando and Mano Vosawai, together with wing Marko Stanojevic, were all members of Pierre Berbizier's squad at Rugby World Cup 2007 in France when Italy finished third in Pool C.

Two other members of his Nations Cup squad made their full debuts for Italy in this year's RBS Six Nations, wing Alberto Sgarbi coming off the bench against England and starting against Wales, the latter being the same opponents Paolo Buso earned his first cap off the bench against in Rome.

Italy A squad

Forwards: Alberto De Marchi (Overmach Cariparma), Juan Pablo Orlandi (Femi CZ Rovigo), Michele Rizzo (Carrera Petrarca Padova), Franco Sbaraglini (Benetton Treviso), Luigi Ferraro (Montepaschi Viadana), Lorenzo Giovanchelli (Carrera Petrarca Padova), Stefano Baldo (Hafro Design Udine), Valerio Bernabó (Brive), Antonio Pavanello (Benetton Treviso), Andrea Barbieri (Rolly Gran Parma), Nicola Cattina (Cammi Calvisano), Paul Derbyshire (Rolly Gran Parma), Silvio Orlando (Benetton Treviso), Manoa Vosawai (Overmach Cariparma).

Backs: Steven Bortolussi (Montepaschi Viadana), Giulio Toniolatti (AlmavivA UR Capitolina), Paolo Buso (Cammi Calvisano), Davide Duca (Benetton Treviso), Alessio Galante (Rolly Gran Parma), Alberto Sgarbi (Benetton Treviso), Pietro Travagli (Overmach Cariparma), Michele Sepe (AlmavivA UR Capitolina), Marko Stanojevic (Cammi Calvisano), Diego Varani (Amatori Catania), Samuele Pace (Montepaschi Viadana), Giulio Rubini (Overmach Cariparma).