Marco Bortolami Italy’s inspirational second row not surprisingly is named as captain for the match in the Velodrome in Marseille on 8 September. Italy head coach Pierre Berbizier announced his team to play New Zealand in the IRB Rugby World Cup 2007 opening Pool C match on Saturday. The big surprise was Roland de Marigny being named at 10.
Italy V New Zealand Team
Backs: David Bortolussi, Kaine Robertson, Andrea Masi, Mirco Bergamasco, Marko Stanojevic, Roland de Marigny, Alessandro Troncon
Forwards: Salvatore Perugini, Fabio Ongaro, Martin Castrogiovanni, Santiago Dellape, Marco Bortolami(c), Alessandro Zanni, Mauro Bergamasco, Sergio Parisse.
Replacements: Carlo Festuccia, Andrea Lo Cicero, Valerio Bernabo, Manoa Vosawai, Paul Griffen, Gonzalo Canale, Ezio Galon.