Quesada recrute deux fils de champions du monde pour les tests de l’Italie

Par Willy Billiard
BARNET, ANGLETERRE - 27 JANVIER : Matt Gallagher (Saracens), fils du All Black John Gallagher, marque un essai lors du match de la Anglo-Welsh Cup entre Saracens et Dragons à l'Allianz Park le 27 janvier 2018 à Barnet, en Angleterre. (Photo par Henry Browne/Getty Images)

Le sélectionneur de l’Italie Gonzalo Quesada sait décidément bien s’entourer. En plein Tournoi des Six Nations, il alignait Tom Linagh, fils de la légende australienne Michael Lynagh, demi d’ouverture aux 72 sélections avec les Wallabies, champion du monde en 1991 et âgé de 60 ans aujourd’hui.

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Né en 2000 en Italie d’une mère italienne, Louis, 23 ans, est passé du championnat anglais à Benetton et il figure une nouvelle fois dans le groupe de préparation, cette fois en prévision de la tournée estivale.

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Il va retrouver Matt Gallagher, 27 ans, lui aussi venu du Premieship anglais où il évoluait avec Bath, pour intégrer Benetton la saison prochaine à partir du 1er juillet. L’arrière ou ailier est le fils du All Black John Gallagher et, comme Louis, est éligible pour jouer pour la sélection italienne grâce à la famille de sa mère.

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John, son père, né en Angleterre de parents irlandais, a disputé 18 tests pour les All Blacks entre 1987 et 1989 et faisait partie de l’équipe de 1987 qui a remporté la première Coupe du Monde de Rugby.

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Titulaire sur l’ensemble des matchs, il était notamment arrière lors de la victoire 70-6 contre l’Italie lors du tout premier match de la toute première Coupe du Monde de Rugby. Il a ensuite marqué quatre essais contre les Fidji (74-13).

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Des U20 Inspirants

Matt a déjà joué pour l’équipe d’Angleterre des moins de 20 ans (champion du monde 2016) et peut, grâce à ses parents, jouer pour l’Angleterre, l’Irlande et la Nouvelle-Zélande.

Gonzalo Quesada s’est également tourné vers des clubs français pour compléter son groupe. Il a notamment recruté le talonneur de Castres Loris Zarantonello qui devrait faire ses débuts internationaux cet été, de même que le capitaine et flanker des U20 de la Squadra Azzurra David Odiase, qui joue pour Oyonnax, et le centre de Clermont François Mey.

Odiase est devenu très populaire l’année dernière avec ses discours inspirants lorsqu’il était capitaine des U20 italiens.

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On retrouve également les confirmés Alessandro et Paolo Garbisi, Tommaso Menoncello, Ange Capuozzo, et Monty Ioane.

L’Italie disputera des rencontres face aux Samoa à Apia le 5 juillet, au Tonga le 12 juillet à Nuku’Alofa, puis au Japon à Sapporo le 21 juillet avant d’accueillir les All Blacks plus tard dans l’année à l’Allianz Stadium.

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Même principe que pour le Tournoi

« Cette tournée marque la conclusion d’une saison particulièrement longue, au cours de laquelle Benetton Rugby a participé aux play-offs de l’URC, tandis qu’Ange Capuozzo et Paolo Garbisi ont joué des rôles majeurs avec leurs clubs respectifs dans le Top 14 », a déclaré l’ancien entraîneur du Stade Français (2020-2023), comptant 38 sélections pour l’Argentine.

« L’effectif disponible suivra le même principe que celui du Tournoi des Six Nations, en intégrant quelques jeunes joueurs dans un groupe déjà testé et expérimenté. Comme récemment avec Ross Vintcent, Alessandro Izekor ou Louis Lynagh, l’objectif est double : évaluer les talents pour le présent tout en préparant l’avenir.

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« Ce sera une occasion précieuse pour ce groupe de vivre une expérience collective significative, la deuxième de ce nouveau cycle, à la fois sur le plan humain et technique, et qui s’inscrit dans la trajectoire de croissance que nous nous sommes fixée. »

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Le groupe de préparation de l’Italie :

Avants : Simone Ferrari, Danilo Fischetti, Muhamed Hasa*, Marco Riccioni, Mirco Spanish, Giosuè Zilocchi, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Giacomo Nicotera, Giampiero Ribaldi*, Loriz Zarantonello*, Niccolò Cannone, Riccardo Favretto, Edoardo Iachizzi, Federico Ruzza, Andrea Zambonin, Lorenzo Cannone, Alessandro Izekor, Michele Lamaro, Giulio Marini*, Sebastian Negri, David Odiase*, Ross Vintcent, Manuel Zuliani

Arrières : Alessandro Garbisi, Martin Page-Relo, Stephen Varney, Paolo Garbisi, Leonardo Marin, Giovanni Montemauri*, Juan Ignacio Brex, Tommaso Menoncello, Francois Mey*, Marco Zanon, Ange Capuozzo, Matt Gallagher*, Simone Gesi, Monty Ioane, Louis Lynagh, Jacopo Trulla.

*non capés

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Mzilikazi 26 minutes ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Very good article, Nic, and I find agreement with what you write virtually 100%. I think this two mach series has increasingly become one which will be very difficult for Ireland to win. After the first game of the last 6N, I would have been very full of confidence taking on the Boks in SA. France beaten by a big margin in France, it looked as if Ireland had emerged in fine form from the World Cup, despite the very narrow loss to the AB’s. But after that game, a slide began, ending with the defeat to England. Ireland were very fortunate to win this years 6N ! And as you so fully expose, this has not been a good season for Leinster, or indeed, in my view, for any Irish province. The Leinster loos to the Bulls, and then Munster letting a glorious chance slip to the Glasgow Warriors down at Thomond. Man, that one will really hurt. And both Connacht and Ulster have at times looked very poor this seaso, bith heavily beaten on occassion. The loss of both Gibson Park and Keenan are huge blows, especially Gibson Park. And there is really only one clear class 10 in the touring party, Jack Crowley, and he is still a very young player learning his trade. If he goes down, heaven help Ireland. And in my view, Ireland do not have a good scrummaging front row, SA do, and in great depth too. But despite all this doom and gloom, I always believe my team can win. Not that they will win, just can ! Ireland will still field what is the best and most talented team overall that I have seen in my lifetime. But the coaching group will really have to step up, no awful decisions like the one made against the AB’s in the QF….keeping the totally spent and poorly performing(on the day) Sexton on for the full 80mins, leaving Crowley on the sidelines. Ireland should never have lost that game !

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Shaylen 3 hours ago
Is Ireland versus South Africa a battle for the title of ‘world champions’?

Ireland have all the tools required to hurt SA. They develop quick ball, hold onto the ball for long periods, stretch the game when its on, have powerful mobile forwards, a good kicking game and they can hold their own in the scrum. They also can force turnovers regularly and in general do well at the breakdown. When Munster, the Ospreys and Glasgow all won games in SA this year against the Bulls and Stormers they did just that and won. It is also the reason why Ireland won the game at the world cup last year. The problem for Ireland is that SA have all the tools required to hurt them as well and hurt them a great deal more than England did in the Six Nations. They are physical and powerful at the set piece, they rush up and counter the Irish attacking system and they can really attack the breakdown and slow your ball down. Their counterattacking threat is also a big weapon and they score many tries from turnover turning defence into offence in a second. Toulouse and the Bulls nailed Leinster in this way and Glasgow did the same thing to Munster. So the series will be really interesting because both sides are so good at countering each other. Interested to see what kind of surprises Tony Brown springs and how the SA game develops. Feel like SA have more potential to surprise Ireland but then a new coaching set up as well as the fact that Japanese and foreign based players tend to take about 5 to 6 weeks to get up to speed might work in Irelands favour. SA have shipped at least one game in 4 of the last 5 June/July test windows going back to 2018 for this exact reason.

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Flankly 4 hours ago
'Let them keep talking' - Mike Catt claps back over Bok remarks

The comments were reported weirdly. De Allende did say it would be war, but he said it amidst comments like “Ireland play such good footy”, and “they are so good at the breakdown”. He said that the Boks lost heavily to Ireland a few years back and that they felt the Irish press was dismissive of the Boks. I don’t recall that, but I suppose it is true, and that SA players would want to turn around that sentiment. The RWC loss to Ireland would naturally pour fuel on the fire. In short, it is a natural thing for passionate players like him to feel very strongly about the goal of registering a convincing series win against Ireland. There is really nothing to see here. As an aside, the SA team shouldn’t be too self-righteous about this kind of a situation. Recall that in 2004, after SA won the Ireland series in SA, Jake White noted that no more than two Irish players were good enough for selection in his Bok side. "Considering the facts, I think only two of their players would be included in the Bok team - O'Driscoll (centre) and maybe one of the locks. How could we have lost against the Irish?" O’Driscoll disagreed and said that it was close, and Ireland were just tired. My Irish friends were pretty incensed by the comments, quite rightly. And I am sure it was part of the energy that drove them to some famous wins against the Boks. The Etzebeth thing was a little different. I think he was just not hearing what was being said. It is not that unusual for someone to say “We will see you in the final”. Of course it is a statement of confidence, which every team should have, but it is also a compliment. I think there was a cultural fly-by, in which a “see you soon” comment was taken to mean “we will beat you again”. But it was a good story, and a convenient clickbaity headline. I don’t think anyone is intentionally trying to rile up anything. But if you interview a Bok player and prod them about their passion wrt the Ireland tour, you are likely to hear some pretty heartfelt words. And so you should.

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Turlough 5 hours ago
Are Ireland and Leinster the biggest chokers in world rugby?

Obviously there is a series coming up between SA and Ireland…… Ireland won the six nations (again) went unbeaten for almost 20 games til last Autumn beating all the top world teams twice. Held our nerve to beat NZ in a home NZ series. The RWC draw meant that we had to play a title contender in the Quarter that was a 50:50 and the schedule meant that we had to play a top 5 team 7 days before that quarter against a team who were lining us up all tournament and all year. Maybe Ireland should have focussed more on NZ at the expense of the preparation for the Scottish match? Who knows but thats a coaching issue, I saw no mental frailty during that match. As it happenned NZ were clearly better and got through. France have also been eliminated in the quarters last two world cups (including their home match). They have been solidly beaten by Ireland two years in a row. Where are the jibes there? If Ireland have an issue at the end of games it is game management. Against Toulouse, they aimlessly played on with a scrum advantage and then missed the drop. Leinster’s scrum was completely dominant so a scrum was likely worth a penaltyto win the game off the tee. No penalty, then set of the drop goal attemp then. That was missing, that’s end game management. NZ were getting there with this in 2011 but the Semi Victory over SA in 2015 was a victory of game management. Ireland will address it (hopefully very soon). I like the way the Irish team are staying so quiet. These jibes from SA players and pundits no doubt fueling that quiet energy. Underdog status suits Ireland perfectly. Ireland may not win, but expect a major performance in Loftus.

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