The 30 man Italian squad is announced

Italy coach Pierre Berbizier has named an experienced 30-man squad for next month’s World Cup finals in France. Four players, including captain Marco Bortolami, have over 50 caps, and all the rest have at least four except the one uncapped player, Manoa Vosawai. The squad have two warm-up games, against Japan on 18 August and against Ireland, in Belfast, on 24 August. They will then be in Group C, with Scotland New Zealand, Portugal and Romania in the World Cup.

Italy World Cup squad:

M Aguero (Arix Viadana), R Barbieri (Overmach Cariparma), M Bergamasco (Stade Francais), M Bergamasco (Stade Francais), V Bernabo (Calvisano), M Bortolami (Gloucester, capt), D Bortolussi (Montpellier), G Canale (Clermont), P Canavosio (Castres), M Castrogiovanni (Leicester), R de Marigny (Calvisano), CA Del Fava (Bourgoin), S Dellape (Biarritz), C Festuccia (Rolly Gran Parma), E Galon (Overmach Cariparma), L Ghiraldini (Cammi Calvisano, 4 caps), P Griffen (Cammi Calvisano), A Lo Cicero (L’Aquila), A Masi (Biarritz), F Ongaro (Saracens), S Parisse (Stade Francais), S Perugini (Toulouse), R Pez (Bayonne), M Pratichetti (C Calvisano), K Robertson (Viadana), J Sole (Viadana), M Stanojevic (Bristol), A Troncon (Clermont), M Vosawai (Overmach Cariparma), A Zanni (Cammi Calvisano)