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Lock Marco Bortolami left out of Italy World Cup squad

Italy's most capped player Marco Bortolami left out of World Cup Squad

Lock Marco Bortolami left out of Italy World Cup squad

TURIN, Italy (AP) -- Veteran lock Marco Bortolami has been left out of Italy's final 31-man squad for next month's World Cup in England.

The 35-year-old Bortolami is Italy's most capped player, along with captain Sergio Parisse, with the duo having each made 112 appearances.

Bortolami, who has played in three World Cups, has captained Italy on numerous occasions and is also an influential presence off the field.

It will be a record fifth World Cup for his Zebre teammate, flanker Mauro Bergamasco.

Italy coach Jacques Brunel also omitted inexperienced winger Michele Visentin and flanker Robert Barbieri.

Italy plays France in its opening World Cup match on Sept. 19 at Twickenham. It also faces Canada, Ireland and Romania in Pool D.


Updated : 2021-09-19 12:20 GMT+08:00