Johnstone announces Italian squad to face Scotland
February 3, 2000
New coach Brad Johnstone has announced the Italian team which will face Scotland on Saturday in the first match of the new Six Nations.
With wingers Paolo Vaccari and Juan Francesio both out of the squad due to injury, Narbonne's Cristian Stoica, capped 20 times as centre, wins his first cap on the wing , while Denis Dallan, originally not included in the 30 man squad, joins his brother Manuel in the back line.Prop Tino Paoletti is the only uncapped player in the team while Massimo Cuttitta extends his record of 65 caps. No. 8 Wim Vesser, selected three times for Italy, will be aiming at getting his first win with the national team.
The Italian team is : Matthew Pini ( Narbonne) , Denis Dallan ( Treviso) , Manuel Dallan ( Treviso ) , Luca Martin ( Begles-Bordeaux) , Cristian Stoica ( Narbonne) , Diego Dominguez ( Stade Francais ) , Alessandro Troncon ( Montferrand - captain) , Wim Vesser ( Treviso ), Mauro Bergamasco ( Petrarca Padova) , Massimo Giovanelli ( Rovigo ), Carlo Checchinato ( Treviso) , Andrea Gritti ( Treviso ), Tino Paoletti ( Piacenza ) , Alessandro Moscardi ( Treviso ) , Massimo Cuttitta ( Calvisano ).
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