Roland de Marigny starts at 10 for Italy versus the All Blacks

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.