Australia and Italy team announcements for their 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool C test at North Harbour Stadium on Auckland’s North Shore.
The Wallabies have named an unchanged 15 from the one that beat the All Blacks in Brisbane, winning the Tri-Nations in the process. Goal kicking winger James O’Connor has been unable to break into the starting lineup after being stood down from that game for missing the Australian Rugby World Cup squad announcement function. Adam Ashley-Cooper keeps the number 14 jersey after having his best game of the season there against the All Blacks. Quade Cooper will keep the goal kicking duties in O’Connor’s absence.
Pool C: Sun Sept 11 15.30 Australia v Italy North Harbour Stadium Auckland
Australia Team to Play Italy:
15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Anthony Fainga’a, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Radike Samo, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rocky Elsom, 5 James Horwill (c), 4 Dan Vickerman, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sekope Kepu.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Rob Simmons, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Scott Higginbotham, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 James O’Connor.
Italy Team to Play Australia:
15 Andrea Masi, 14 Tommaso Benvenuti, 13 Gonzalo Canale, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Fabio Semenzato, 8 Sergio Parisse (captain), 7 Robert Barbieri, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Cornelius Van Zyl, 4 Carlo Antonio Del Fava, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero.
Reserves: 16 Tommaso D’Apice, 17 Lorenzo Cittadini, 18 Marco Bortolami, 19 Paul Derbyshire, 20 Edoardo Gori, 21 Riccardo Bocchino, 22 Luke McLean.