Italy confirm World Cup squad

Date published: August 24 2015

Italy head coach Jacques Brunel has confirmed his 31-man squad for this year's Rugby World Cup.

Mauro Bergamasco will compete in his fifth World Cup for the Azzurri as Sergio Parisse captains the side in England.

The squad is split with 17 forwards and 14 backs with 16 of the group participating in their first ever Rugby World Cup.

Marco Bortolami, Robert Barbieri and Michele Visentin are three players to miss out on the squad despite playing against Scotland in the first warm-up match last weekend.

"I want to thank all the players for their great commitment and attachment to the national team demonstrated in these two months of hard work," said Brunel.

"I am confident that the same spirit will continue to shine in this last stage of the journey towards the World Cup and will be at the peak during the event.

"Our goal, over the years, has always been to find the right balance for this team. Our ambition is to qualify for the quarter-finals, getting out of the group stage for the first time in the history of Italian rugby, and we have focused our energy and made our decisions based on reaching that goal."

Italy's Rugby World Cup squad: Matias Aguero, Martin Castrogiovanni, Dario Chistolini, Lorenzo Cittadini, Michele Rizzo, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Davide Giazzon, Andrea Manici, Valerio Bernabo, Joshua Furno, Marco Fuser, Quintin Geldenhuys, Mauro Bergamasco, Francesco Minto, Sergio Parisse (c), Samuela Vunisa, Alessandro Zanni, Edoardo Gori, Guglielmo Palazzani, Marcello Violi, Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Tommaso Benvenuti, Michele Campagnaro, Angelo Esposito, Gonzalo Garcia, Andrea Masi, Luke McLean, Luca Morisi, Leonardo Sarto, Giovanbattista Venditti