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CONFIRMED: Conor O’Shea announces Italy Rugby World Cup squad

Conor O’Shea has announced today the list of 31 players called up for the 2019 Rugby World Cup scheduled in Japan starting next September 20th.

Italy Rugby World Cup squad

Props: Simone FERRARI (Benetton Rugby, 23 caps)Andrea LOVOTTI (Zebre Rugby Club, 36 caps) *Tiziano PASQUALI (Benetton Rugby, 19 caps)Nicola QUAGLIO (Benetton Rugby, 10 caps) *Marco RICCIONI (Benetton Rugby, 2 caps) *Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby 8 caps) 

Hookers: Luca BIGI (Zebre Rugby Club, 20 caps)Oliviero FABIANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 8 caps)Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Unattached 104 caps) 

Locks: Dean BUDD (Benetton Rugby, 21 caps)Federico RUZZA (Benetton Rugby, 13 caps) *David SISI (Zebre Rugby Club, 6 caps)Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Rugby, 113 caps) 

Flanker / 8: Maxime MBANDA ‘(Zebre Rugby Club, 17 caps) *Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 18 caps)Sergio PARISSE (Toulon, 139 caps) – captainJake POLLEDRI (Gloucester, 9 caps)Abraham STEYN (Benetton Rugby, 31 caps) 

Scrum-halves: Callum BRALEY (Gloucester, 2 caps)Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 32 caps)Tito TEBALDI (Benetton Rugby, 33 caps) 

Fly-halves: Tommaso ALLAN (Benetton Rugby, 49 caps)Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby Club, 34 caps) 

Centres: Tommaso BENVENUTI (Benetton Rugby, 57 caps) *Michele CAMPAGNARO (Harlequins, 43 caps) *Luca MORISI (Benetton Rugby, 26 caps) * 

Back-three: Mattia BELLINI (Zebre Rugby Club, 18 caps) *Giulio BISEGNI (Zebre Rugby Club, 12 caps) *Jayden HAYWARD (Benetton Rugby, 18 caps)Matteo MINOZZI (Wasps, 12 caps) *Edoardo PADOVANI (Zebre Rugby Club, 21 caps) * * is / was a member of the Ivan Francescato FIR Academy

Pre-World Match Test

Ireland v Italy 29-10, Dublin 10 August 2019

Italy v Russia 85-15, San Benedetto del Tronto 17 August 2019

France v Italy, August 30th. Paris 9.10 pm

England v Italy, 6 September. Newcastle 19.45 local time (8.45 ITA)

 Match Rugby World Cup, Japan 2019

Italy v Namibia, 22 September. Osaka, 14.15 local time (7.15 ITA)

Italy v Canada, 26 September. Fukuoka, 16.45 local (9.45 ITA)

South Africa v Italy, 4 October. Shizuoka, 18.45 local (11.45 ITA)

New Zealand v Italy, 12 October. Toyota City, 13.45 local (6.45 ITA)