Carlo Napolitano, Head Coach of the Italian National Rugby League side, (Monday 29th August 2011) announced the squad that will participate in the qualification for the World Cup from the 15th October till 29th October 2011. Coach Napolitano, together with his staff has named the following 50 players for the qualifications.
The squad has been selected following a precise qualification process, giving the possibility to players registered with F.I.R.L, the chance to represent the national side The president of the Federazione Italiana Rugby League (F.I.R.L), Tiziano Franchini, after the announcement of the squad said :” I am very proud of what F.I.R.L has achieved in the last year. The relationship with the Australian section of F.I.R.L has been consolidated and we are starting to see the fruit of our work, to see Italy participate in the World Cup qualifications with a team of this importance is very satisfying, as it shows the great work that F.I.R.L has done in the recent past. The president also said ” its an honour to have a squad with the caliber of players like Anthony Minichiello, Cameron Cirarldo e Craig Gower, who has confirmed his willingness to wear the Italian national rugby league jersey, these players will be able to pass on their enormous experience. Coach Carlo Napolitano and his staff, Kelly Rolleston, Reno Santaguida, Paul Broadbent e Paul Quiggs, will reduce the squad before the qualification game against Russia in Padova on the 15 October 2011, as to arrive in the best possible shape for the road to the World Cup”.
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