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Italy finally comes of age by commanding respect

 Members of the Italian rugby team prepare to board a bus upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will pla...
 Members of the Italian rugby team prepare to board a bus upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will pla...
 Members of the Italian rugby team walk through the terminal upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will ...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

Members of the Italian rugby team prepare to board a bus upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will pla...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

Members of the Italian rugby team prepare to board a bus upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will pla...

New Zealand WCUP Rugby World Cup

Members of the Italian rugby team walk through the terminal upon their arrival at Auckland Airport, New Zealand, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Italy will ...

Mauro Bergamasco has rarely been prouder to be an Italian rugby player than when first-up World Cup opponent Australia announced its starting lineup for Sunday's match at Eden Park.
Long used to being considered token opposition, Italy's win over France and close losses to Ireland and Wales in the Six Nations ensured Australia selected a full-strength team and with noted scrummaging reinforcements on the bench.
Bergamasco says "we are proud" as "it's really important for us that this big team has treated the Italian team like a big team."
Fellow backrower Paul Derbyshire, however, says "ultimately though, the Ireland match will decide whether or not we go through to the quarterfinals."


Updated : 2021-03-01 22:32 GMT+08:00