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SA Rugby irritated by Italy’s ‘weak’ squad

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Springboks on 30 May 2008 at 08:26
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The South African Rugby Union will lodge a formal complaint to the International Rugby Board in the next few days after Italy named a watered-down squad for their South African tour next month.

Craig Ray writes for The Times that Italy coach Nick Mallett was forced to name an experimental 24-man squad shorn of its experienced players. At least six players decided to stay behind and represent their clubs in the French Top 14 semifinals instead of touring South Africa and Argentina.

“We have to do without at least eight or nine first-choice players who are either injured or still involved with their clubs so we will take advantage of this international window to experiment,” Mallett said.

“We will evaluate some young players and give them the opportunity to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world.

But Saru and SA Rugby are unhappy .

“We are going to write to Mike Miller at the IRB and ask him to inquire from Italy why they plan to leave so many top players behind,” SA Rugby strategic communications manager Andy Colquhoun said.

Italian captain Sergio Parisse of Stade Francais, Clermont centre Gonzalo Canale, Stade Francais Bergamasco brothers Mauro and Mirco (flank and centre), props Martin Castrogiovanni of Leicester, Salvatore Perugini of Toulouse, and Andrea Lo Cicero of Racing Metro, and Gloucester prop Marco Bortolami will miss the tour.

Ironically, Springbok skipper John Smit will miss the June 21 Test against Italy after being given the green light to play for Clermont in the French semifinals.

Italian squad:

Forwards: Matias Aguero (Saracens, England), Roberto Barbieri (Treviso), Lorenzo Cittadini (Calvisano), Salvatore Costanzo (Treviso), Carlo Antonio Del Fava (Ulster, Ireland), Santiago Dellape (Biarritz, France), Jaco Erasmus (Viadana), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Calvisano), Carlos Nieto (Gloucester, England), Fabio Ongaro (Saracens, England), Tommaso Reato (Rovigo), Josh Sole (Viadana), Alessandro Zanni (Calvisano).

Backs: Pablo Canavosio (Castres, France), Gonzalo Garcia (Calvisano), Andrea Marcato (Treviso), Andrea Masi (Biarritz, France), Luke McLean (Calvisano), Ludovico Maria Nitoglia (Calvisano), Enrico Patrizio (Padova), Riccardo Pavan (Overmach Parma), Simon Picone (Treviso), Matteo Pratichetti (Calvisano), Kaine Robertson (Viadana).


  • Mallet F&*(ing with SARU for one last time. ❓ 😉

  • Comment 1, posted at 30.05.08 08:33:03 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • All Italian squads are “weak”…

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.05.08 08:51:48 by blackshark Reply
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  • Once again, the argument stands for a global season. When will the 57 old farts running world rugby figure out the advantages of changing? Paradigm paralysis!

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.05.08 08:54:16 by hellbent Reply
  • I have a very strange feeling we will see 46 captain the Boks in this game…

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.05.08 09:31:35 by robdylan Reply
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  • The IRB will use that complaint to blow their noses… we sent a second team to the 3N (not some half-baked one off test more than likely going to be used to ‘experiment’ with)…

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.05.08 09:58:55 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • No point complaining. Sweet blow f-all SARU can do about it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.05.08 10:01:54 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • and who in their right mind is gonna pay decent money to watch this rubbish ❓

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.05.08 11:12:31 by yossarian Reply

  • Butcher them by a record score so that Mallet has the infamy of the worse score against a team behind his name…

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.05.08 11:53:16 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 8) : pragmatic – I like it!

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.05.08 11:56:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Uhm…

    Pot. Kettle. Black anyone?

    What did SA do in the 3N last year?

    A bit dof lodging a complaint I reckon.

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.05.08 11:56:54 by MorneN Reply
  • @MorneN (Comment 10) :

    We rested our players so we could win the world cup?….Club vs RWC….slight difference

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.05.08 11:59:13 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 10) :
    yes, is is hypocritical but SARU think they have a case now because at the big IRB indaba end of last year all the nations agreed not to send watered down teams on tour

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.05.08 13:57:37 by yossarian Reply

  • @MorneN (Comment 10) :


    a>never reads the posts above his
    b>is developing altzheimers in his old age
    c>loves the sound of his own keyboard
    d>all of the above

    😉 😀 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.05.08 14:09:05 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Well if we can release our captain to play club rugby, why cant they let their players do the same – after all we cant be taking it too seriously then can we.
    Nope, sorry SARU the moment you released our cappie you ensured that no-one will take your moans seriously.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.05.08 14:37:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 14) : not sure SARU had much choice in the matter, did they?

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.05.08 14:49:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Oh rubbihs we did the same thing last year.

    Short memories some of you.

    And do you really expect players not to play in the playoffs when they’ve played all season to get there? You having a larf.

    Do you think our players would give up a s14 semi final to go get their asses kicked by a meaningless tour against stiff opposition?

    Those who organised the tour should be be asked to explain. Its not like these italian players only suddenly joined french clubs.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.05.08 14:57:55 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @yossarian (Comment 12) :

    Yes dude, but we let our captain go. And that also after this indaba, innit.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.05.08 15:00:01 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :
    Maybe not Rob, but whats good for the goose is surely good for the gander – and who are we to moan about the strength of any-ones team when we ourselves are weakening our team by leaving out our pivotal player. (the circumstances that Jon Smit has come back to play for the Boks have got squat to do with the Italians)

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.05.08 16:13:22 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 18) : fair enough. I don’t actually give a shit what side they send. We should expect to beat any side the Italians put out on the park by 50 points, any day of the week. And twice on Sundays

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.05.08 16:19:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well exactly and I think that is what the paying public expect as well. I think this SARU reaction is because ticket sales are propbably slow and they are trying to understand why. I think even if Italy sent their full strength team it would be a hard sell anyway – unfortunatly. The SA paying public are going to become more and more discerning when it come sto forking out serious money to watch a game.
    Its sad for the development of rugby (in the affected countries) and I think in future we will see these test being played in smaller centres that are not current test venues – Nelspruit, Kimberley etc.

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.05.08 16:34:20 by Salmonoid Reply
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