Venerdì, 19 Ottobre 2018

Rugby: Fearless Italy seek to conquer All Blacks 'Everest'


Rome, November 15 - Italy coach Jacques Brunel said
Thursday that he wants his men to show no fear when they face
world champions New Zealand in Rome on Saturday and called on
them to conquer a sporting 'Everest' by notching a historic
first-ever win over the mighty All Blacks.
"It'll be an important match for us to be able to see how
good we are with respect to the best team in the world, whether
we are near or far," Frenchman Brunel told a press conference.
"The match against Australia next week in Florence will be
too, but the All Blacks today are the biggest test to understand
what direction our work has to go in.
"I want to see a team that go and challenge the All Blacks
without fear.
"New Zealand are the Everest of rugby," added Brunel, whose
side beat Tonga 28-23 last week in their first November test.
"We are mountaineers who have to climb the most difficult
mountain without fear.
"We're going out to impose our game, not to have the game
imposed on us. We didn't do that against Tonga, but imposing our
play remains this team's goal".
The Azzurri have never beaten the All Blacks in 12
encounters although they caused them trouble the last time the
teams met, a 20-6 win for New Zealand at Milan's San Siro
stadium in 2009.
Both sides have rung the changes for Saturday's match at
what should be a packed Stadio Olimpico.
Italy have made eight changes.
Mirco Bergamasco, who missed the Tonga win with a hamstring
problem, comes in on the left wing for Luke McLean.
Giovanbattista Venditti replaces Tommaso Iannone on the
right wing.
Luciano Orquera takes over at fly-half from Kris Burton and
Edoardo Gori returns at scrum half in the place of Tobias Botes.
Simone Favaro takes over as openside flanker from Robert
Barbieri and Francesco Minto and Antonio Pavanello come in for
Joshua Furno and Quintin Geldenhuys in the second row.
Tighthead prop Martin Castrogiovanni starts in place of
Lorenzo Cittadini.
New Zealand coach Steve Hansen has also overhauled his side
after they beat Scotland 51-22 last weekend.
The biggest change is that World Cup-winning captain Richie
McCaw has withdrawn from the tour squad after leading the All
Blacks to victory over the Scots. Hansen wants to give McCaw
some rest and in the process start looking at options for his
long-term replacement as captain.
His place on the open side has gone to Sam Cane, while
number eight Kieran Read takes over as captain.
Italy: 15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovanbattista Venditti, 13
Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10
Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7
Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio
Pavanello, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1
Andrea Lo Cicero.
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Alberto De Marchi, 18
Lorenzo Cittadini, 19 Quintin Geldenhuys, 20 Mauro Bergamasco,
21 Robert Barbieri, 22 Tobias Botes, 23 Luke McLean.
New Zealand: 15-Beauden Barrett, 14-Hosea Gear, 13-Conrad
Smith, 12-Ma'a Nonu, 11-Julian Savea, 10-Aaron Cruden, 9-Aaron
Smith, 8-Kieran Read (captain), 7-Sam Cane, 6-Liam Messam,
5-Brodie Retallick, 4-Ali Williams, 3-Charlie Faumuina, 2-Keven
Mealamu, 1-Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16-Dane Coles, 17-Wyatt Crockett, 18-Ben
Franks, 19-Sam Whitelock, 20-Victor Vito, 21-Tawera Kerr-Barlow,
22-Daniel Carter, 23-Cory Jane.

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