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Italy Ladies’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2022

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A rising power within the girls’s Six Nations, can Italy ship on the worldwide stage?

Italy Ladies’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2022

Italy booked their place on the 2022 Rugby World Cup in September 2021, seeing off the likes of Eire and Scotland to complete prime of the European qualification standings.

It was yet one more instance of the Blue proving that they will match nearly all of the groups within the northern hemisphere. Because the final World Cup in 2017, they’ve gained at the least one match in every Six Nations and a minimum of two in each marketing campaign the place they performed 5 video games.

The 2022 marketing campaign was no completely different, as Italy displayed their resilient traits. After dropping their first three matches, Andrea Di Giandomenico’s facet responded with wins within the last two rounds, together with a formidable 10-8 victory away to a resurgent Wales.

Beatrice Rigoni was excellent all through the event, performing adeptly at fly-half in addition to her extra acquainted middle place. Elsewhere, Alyssa D’Inca, 20, introduced herself to worldwide rugby with some very good ball-carrying in midfield.

Italy’s respectable type continued of their warm-up matches – they pushed Canada shut and beat France to rise to fifth on the earth rankings.

Italian girls’s rugby is progressing off the sphere too. Final April, it was introduced that the nation’s first centralized contracts for feminine gamers could be provided to assist the group’s World Cup preparations.

The encouraging indicators on the pitch and within the boardroom imply Italy are poised to reverse their disappointing World Cup fortunes. They’ve solely featured in 4 of the eight earlier competitions and by no means completed greater than ninth in these tournaments the place there have been last standings.

Although their pool consists of not one of the three most-fancied groups (England, New Zealand and France) they’ve been drawn towards Canada and USA, who each have expertise on the enterprise finish of World Cups, in addition to Japan.

Something past the final eight could be a bonus, however merely making the knockout phases would show the continued development of Italian girls’s rugby.

Italy Ladies’s Rugby World Cup Squad 2022

Elisa Giordano will captain Italy on the World Cup and the opposite excellent news for the Blue is that Manuela Furlan has been named amongst the 32.

The total-back / wing suffered a knee damage in a warm-up match towards France and it was initially thought that the veteran could be dominated out of the event. Nevertheless, additional examinations imply that they consider she is going to be capable of play some half within the World Cup.

There’s extra expertise within the facet within the likes of Sara Barattin, Michela Sillari, Melissa Bettoni and Ilaria Arrighetti, whereas wing Sofia Rolfi is the one uncapped participant within the squad.

Backs

(DoB / Membership / Place / Caps)

Sara Barattin (11 Sep 1986 / Arredissima Villorba / Scrum-half / 107)

Beatrice Capomaggi (29 Apr 1997 / Arredissima Villorba / Middle / 4)

Alyssa D’Inca (23 Mar 2002 / Arredissima Villorba / Middle / 10)

Manuela Furlan (30 Jun 1988 / Arredissima Villorba / Full-back / 88)

Francesca Granzotto (22 Mar 2002 / Unione Rugby Capitolina / Wing / 2)

Veronica Madia (16 Jan 1995 / Rugby Colorno / Fly-half / 32)

Maria Magatti (21 Aug 1992 / CUS Milano / Wing / 46)

Aura Muzzo (12 Apr 1997 / Arredissima Villorba / Wing / 27)

Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi (6 Dec 2001 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Wing / 16)

Beatrice Rigoni (1 Aug 1995 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Middle / 57)

Sofia Rolfi (24 Aug 2001 / Rugby Colorno / Wing / Uncapped)

Michela Sillari (23 Feb 1993 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Middle / 70)

Sofia Stefan (12 Might 1992 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Wing / 69)

Emma Stevanin (11 Apr 2002 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Fly-half / 2)

Forwards

Ilaria Arrighetti (2 Mar 1993 / Stade Rennais / Again-row / 56)

Francesca Barro (Valsugana Rugby Padua / Prop / 1)

Melissa Bettoni (7 Might 1991 / Stade Rennais / Hooker / 72)

Giordana Duca (9 Sep 1992 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Lock / 31)

Valeria Fedrighi (5 Sep 1992 / Toulouse / Lock / 36)

Giada Franco (11 Jul 1996 / Rugby Colorno / Again-row / 24)

Lucia Gai (3 Might 1991 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Prop / 84)

Elisa Giordano (1 Nov 1990 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Again-row / 56)

Isabella Locatelli (23 Oct 1994 / Rugby Colorno / Again-row / 34)

Gaia Maris (5 Dec 2001 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Prop / 12)

Michela Merlo (9 Apr 1986 / Rugby Colorno / Prop / 11)

Sara Seye (26 Aug 2000 / Kawasaki Robotic Calvisano / Prop / 8)

Francesca Sgorbini (1 Jul 2001 / ASM Romagnat / Again-row / 13)

Emanuela Stecca (Arredissima Villorba / Prop / 3)

Sara Tounesi (19 Jul 1995 / ASM Romagnat / Prop / 24)

Silvia Turani (6 Jul 1995 / FC Grenoble / Prop / 20)

Vittoria Vecchini (13 Jan 2002 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Hooker / 11)

Beatrice Veronese (11 Mar 1996 / Valsugana Rugby Padova / Again-row / 12)

Italy Ladies’s Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2022

Pool B

Solar 9 Oct, USA v Italy (12.45am, Northland Occasions Middle, Whangarei)

Solar 16 Oct, Italy v Canada (12.45am, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland)

Solar 23 Oct, Japan v Italy (12.45am, Waitakere Stadium, Auckland)

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