Masi: Italy hungry for more success
Italy centre Andrea Masi has warned the Azzurri are focused and hungry for more success ahead of Saturday's RBS 6 Nations clash against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Italy secured their first ever Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy by claiming a maiden tournament win over France in a thrilling 22-21 encounter last weekend. It was Italy's first of this year's tournament, arguably the biggest result in the country's history, and just reward for the hard work undertaken by head coach Nick Mallett in shaping the Italians into an increasingly formidable outfit.
"I am proud of what we did on Saturday at the Stadio Flaminio," Masi said. "It was a fantastic win for us and much deserved. But that win is now in the past and we must look ahead to the game at Scotland. We have a duty not to settle for just one win."
Masi contributed massively to Italy's historic victory last weekend by scoring his team's only try of the game, a feat made all the more impressive given that the Racing-Metro Paris star operated at full-back, stepping into a role he had not discharged for the national team since February 2009.
Masi will again play at full-back against Scotland and said: "I enjoy playing in both positions.
"But I am open to any role that Mallett considers best for the team."
Masi's impressive performances so far have seen him shortlisted alongside team-mate Fabio Semenzato for the honour of 2011 RBS Player of the Championship.
"I am happy to have made the list," Masi said. "But I believe there are other players, like [England duo] Chris Ashton and Toby Flood, who deserve the award much more than I do."
Despite the plaudits, Masi is only interested in helping Italy avoid the wooden spoon by beating the Scots this weekend.
Italy are fifth in the standings, two points clear of winless Scotland, who pushed England close at Twickenham last time out before falling to a 22-16 reverse.