Benetton’s Budd to captain Italy against England

Bradley West
04 September 2019

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Benetton’s Dean Budd will captain a much-changed Italy side when they face England in their final World Cup warm-up match at St James’ Park on Friday.

Budd is one of a seven strong contingent of Benetton players in the starting line-up alongside Jayden Hayward, Tommaso Benvenuti, Braam Steyn, Sebastian Negri, Simone Ferrari and Nicola Quaglio.

Zebre’s David Sisi joins Budd in the second row while Sisi’s club teammate Giulio Bisegni partners Benvenuti in the midfield.

Italy head coach Conor O’Shea has also named a back three featuring Zebre duo Mattia Bellini on the right wing and Edoardo Padovani on the left as his side aim to bounce back from a 47-19 defeat to France last weekend and take momentum into their World Cup campaign which begins with fixtures against Namibia and Canada.

“We will face one of the strongest teams in the world in a match that represents a new step in our preparation for the Rugby World Cup,” said O’Shea.

“We will have a new opportunity to assess the players’ state of form, in order to understand later how to continue the path to the debut against Namibia. Now our focus is on England.”

Italy team to face England on Friday at St James’ Park:

15. Jayden Hayward (Benetton Rugby)

14. Mattia Bellini (Zebre Rugby)

13. Giulio Bisegni (Zebre Rugby)

12. Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton Rugby)

11. Edoardo Padovani (Zebre Rugby)

10. Carlo Canna (Zebre Rugby)

9. Callum Braley (Gloucester)

1. Nicola Quaglio (Benetton Rugby)

2. Oliviero Fabiani (Zebre Rugby)

3. Simone Ferrari (Benetton Rugby)

4. David Sisi (Zebre Rugby)

5. Dean Budd (Benetton Rugby) (c)

6. Sebastian Negri (Benetton Rugby)

7. Braam Steyn (Benetton Rugby)

8. Jimmy Tuivaiti (Zebre Rugby)


16. Federico Zani (Benetton Rugby)

17. Andrea Lovotti (Zebre Rugby)

18. Marco Riccioni (Benetton Rugby)

19. Federico Ruzza (Benetton Rugby)

20. Alessandro Zanni (Benetton Rugby)

21. Maxime Mbanda (Zebre Rugby)

22. Guglielmo Palazzani (Zebre Rugby)

23. Tommaso Allan (Benetton Rugby)

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