Castrogiovanni feels for injured stars

Date published: September 9 2015

Italy prop Martin Castrogiovanni has said playing top players in warm-up matches so close to the World Cup is something that has to happen.

Castrogiovanni was playing for Italy during their final warm-up match on Saturday when Wales lost both Rhys Webb and Leigh Halfpenny to tournament-ending injuries.

Italy have their own concern after Sergio Parisse underwent surgery to drain a haematoma on his leg sustained in last weekend's game.

The veteran prop was philosophical when weighing up the risks of going into the tournament undercooked versus losing key players to injury.

"It is part of the game. We need to play these matches. We take the risk," Castrogiovanni told the Rugby World Cup website.

“You want to win them, but you don’t want people to get hurt even for that. I went to see Leigh after the match.

"For all the boys the Rugby World Cup is the thing we have trained so hard for. It is so important. I really feel so much for all of the injured players.

"We had our injuries too, Sergio Parisse, and very early Luca Morisi and later Gonzalo Garcia. I hope they will all be well."