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Italy name team for Namibia with 5 survivors from 2019 RWC

By Ian Cameron
In Ange Capuozzo, Italy have unearthed a superstar who can inspire young Italians (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Head Coach Kieran Crowley has named five survivors in his match-day team from the last time they played Namibia at RWC 2019, in Tommaso Allan, Federico Ruzza, Luca Morisi, Simone Ferrari and Marco Riccioni.

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Allan will play his eighth Rugby World Cup match, the most of any player in this squad. Italy have won all three games when he scores more than 10 points in a RWC game, but lost all four when he has been restricted nine points or fewer.

Only six players in his match-day squad have Rugby World Cup experience from previous tournaments.

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Three players in the 23 play their club rugby in France: Tommaso Allan for Perpignan, Ange Capuzzo for Stade Toulousain and Paolo Garbisi for Montpellier.

Toulouse winger Ange Capuozzo starts on the wing. World Rugby Men’s Breakthrough Player of the Year in 2022 has made the most linebreaks (12) and beaten the most defenders (30) for Italy this season, breaking the defensive line on average every 4.8 carries.

SQUAD:
1 Danilo Fischetti
2 Giacomo Nicotera
3 Simone Ferrari
4 Dino Lamb
5 Federico Ruzza
6 Sebastian Negri
7 Michele Lamaro (c)
8 Lorenzo Cannone
9 Stephen Varney
10 Paolo Garbisi
11 Montanna Ioane
12 Luca Morisi
13 Juan Ignacio Brex
14 Ange Capuozzo
15 Tommaso Allan

REPLACEMENTS:
16 Hame Faiva
17 Ivan Nemer
18 Marco Riccioni
19 David Sisi
20 Manuel Zuliani
21 Martin Page-Relo
22 Paolo Odogwu
23 Pierre Bruno

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