F.I.R.L, with the recent tour to England by its national A side, has been able to finalise the Azurri side, that will participate in the upcoming 2013 World Cup qualifications.
Captained by Anthony Minichello and Cameran Cirarldo, the Italian Rugby League national side will play in the European tournament where the last two places for the qualification for the 2013 World Cup will be assigned.
Italy will face Russia in Padova on the 15th October with a 15.00 kick off and then move to Belgrade (Serbia) where they will face Serbia on the 23rd October followed by the last game also in Belgrade against Lebanon on the 29th October.
Vice president Fabio Di Pietro, said that “just three years ago when F.I.R.L established the association Italia rugby league, it was unthinkable that Italy would participate in the World cup qualifications, this means that F.I.R.L has worked hard in the last three years, both within Italy and at an international level. The qualification for the 2013 World cup is a prestigious goal, but there is still a lot of work to be done to develop rugby league to the highest level within the national territory.
For the qualifications Italy will be able to count on the best available players. The Azzuri team will be made up of players of the calibre of Anthony Minichiello, Cameron Ciraldo, Vic Mauro, Joel Reitmuller, all currently playing in the NRL, and Rocky Trimarchi, Craig Gower.
The rest of the team will be made up of the best players originating from the SERIE A RL, who have just recently returned from the tour to England with the Italy A steam.
Daniele Veronese, secretary for the F.I.R.L believes that qualifying for the world cup will bring huge benefits for the development of rugby league in Italy and for the movement itself.
F.IR.L invites everyone to come and see these players of the highest level at Padova at the Plebiscito stadium on the 15th October at 15.00, to support Italy in their quest to qualify for the 2013 World Cup.
The Italian side that will Participate in qualification for the World cup, under the guide of Carlo Napolitano and Paul Broadbent are:
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