Marco Bortolami omitted from Italy’s World Cup squad

Country’s most capped player left out of final 31

Italy have left secondrow  Marco Bortolami out of their World Cup squad. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Italy have left secondrow Marco Bortolami out of their World Cup squad. Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

 

Ireland’s Rugby World Cup Pool D rivals Italy have named their 31-man squad for the event but there’s no place for 35-year-old secondrow Marco Bortolami, Italy’s most capped player with 112 appearances.

Zebre flanker Mauro Bergamasco, who made his debut in 1998 and has also played more than 100 times, has been included for his fifth World Cup, the Italian federation said on Monday.

Italy were beaten 16-12 by Scotland in a World Cup warm-up in Turin on Saturday.

ITALY WORLD CUP SQUAD – Forwards (17): Matias Aguero, Martin Castrogiovanni, Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Michele Rizzo, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Davide Giazzon, Andrea Manici, Valerio Barnabo, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Quintin Geldenhuys, Mauro Bergamasco, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse (capt), Samuela Vunisa, Alessandro Zanni.

Backs (14): Carlo Canna, Edoardo Gori, Guglielmo Palazzani, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Angelo Esposito, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Luca Morisi, Leonardo Sarto, Giovanbattista Venditti.

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