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Nick Mallett

Nick Mallett

Italy coach Nick Mallett has named a 30-man squad for the World Cup in New Zealand.

Sergio Parisse will captain the Azzurri in the tournament that runs from September 9 until October 23.

Mallett, who will be replaced by Frenchman Jacques Brunel after the World Cup, welcomes back veteran flanker Mauro Bergamasco, who missed the RBS 6 Nations this year with a shoulder injury.

The Azzurri are without first-choice fly-half Craig Gower, who is out with a knee injury, while a total of 14 Italian players will make their World Cup debut in New Zealand.

Italy will play two warm-up Tests against Japan on August 13 in Cesena and Scotland in Edinburgh a week later.

They will feature in Group C along with two-time champions Australia, Ireland, Russia and the United States.

Italy squad:

Forwards - M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), L Cittadini (Treviso), A Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro),S Perugini (Aironi), T D'Apice (Roma), L Ghiraldini (Treviso), F Ongaro (Aironi), M Bortolami (Aironi), C Del Fava (Aironi), Q Geldenhuys (Aironi), C Van Zyl (Treviso), R Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), P Derbyshire (Treviso), S Parisse (Stade Francais), A Zanni (Treviso),

Backs - T Benvenuti (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro) G Canale (Clermont), G Garcia (Treviso), A Masi (Racing-Metro), L McLean (Treviso), M Pratichetti (Aironi), A Sgarbi (Treviso), G Toniolatti (Aironi), P Canavosio (Aironi), E Gori (Treviso), F Semenzato (Treviso), L Orquera (Brive), R Bocchino (Aironi).

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