Cuttitta gets a recall
February 3, 2000
Italy have recalled their 33-year-old former captain Massimo Cuttitta for Saturday's Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship opener against Scotland in Rome.
Ex-Harlequins prop Cuttitta, who missed out on World Cup selection, has been brought back into the pack by new coach Brad Johnstone.
He is among five changes up front to the side beaten by Tonga last October, but World Cup captain Massimo Giovanelli keeps his place.
The back division includes five French based players, notably half-backs Alessandro Troncon and Diego Dominguez, but experienced wing Paolo Vaccari is sidelined by a knee injury.
"Like the Treaty of Versailles, despite all the promises, the new Participation Agreement is certainly not the final solution." John Taylor writes
"We know where we are going and we know where we want to get but how long that will take is anybody's guess." David Humphreys on his plans for Gloucester
Jim Mallinder and Justin Burnell were sat on the same top table, but in different circumstances. Tom Hamilton reports on the Aviva Premiership season launch
Tom Hamilton reports back from the launch of the Guinness PRO12 where there is a renewed sense of optimism with all of the off-field changes to the league