Thursday, June 16, 2016

Afternoon Notes: Italy Name Starters, Bazadze On The Move

A couple of notes to pass on to you this afternoon.

Italy Name Starters

Like the U.S., Italy have also named their starting line-up for Saturday's match in San Jose. In the forwards the makes only one change from the side that lost to Argentina with Canadian-born Robert Barbieri in for Braam Steyn at flanker. There are no changes in the backs.

Overall, this Italian team has plenty of experience. Quintin Geldenhuys, Edoardo Gori and Luke McLean have over 50 camps while others like Robert Barbieri and Lorenzo Cittadini are getting close. That said, there are a handful of players with only a few caps to their name.

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Forwards: Andrea Lovotti, Ornel Gega, Lorenzo Cittadini, Quintin Geldenhuys, Marco Fuser, Robert Barbieri, Simone Favaro, Andries Van Schalkwyk

Backs: Edoardo Gori, Carlo Canna, David Odiete, Tommaso Castello, Michele Campagnaro, Leonardo Sarto, Luke McLean

Bench: Oliviero Fabiani, Sami Panico, Pietro Ceccarelli, Valerio Bernabo, Maxime Mbanda, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tommaso Allan, Giovanbattista Venditti

Bazadze Moving On

Now is the silly season in Europe in which some players are on the move. We already know that AJ MacGinty is headed to Sale next year. We also know that Hayden Smith has retired and that Todd Clever and Eric Fry won't be back at Newcastle next year but that Nick Civetta and David Tameilau will. 

With the closure of the Top 14 transfer window we also know that Gagi Bazadze will be moving on from La Rochelle next year. The club finished out of the playoff picture and is cleaning house. Bazadze played 10 times in the league last year with four starts and one try. He also played in five European Challenge Cup matches, starting two of them. He previously played for Massy in the Pro D2. No word yet on where he might be headed. He is eligible for both the U.S. and for Georgia. He previously played with the Junior All-Americans back in 2011.

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