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Rizzo and Ghiraldini head to World Cup with Italy

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Leicester Tigers front-rowers Leonardo Ghiraldini and Michele Rizzo have been named in the Italy squad for the Rugby World Cup.Hooker Ghiraldini and prop Rizzo have been included in the 31-man squad, which will take on Canada, France, Ireland and Romania in Pool D.   The Azzurri will be captained by Sergio Parisse while back-rower Mauro Bergamasco will be competing at his fifth World Cup. Italy World Cup squad Matias AGUERO (svincolato, 34 caps) Martin CASTROGIOVANNI (Racing-Metro ‘92, 111 caps) Dario CHISTOLINI (Zebre Rugby, 10 caps) Lorenzo CITTADINI (Wasps, 39 caps) Michele RIZZO (Leicester Tigers, 17 caps) Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Leicester Tigers, 76 caps) Davide GIAZZON (Benetton Treviso, 21 caps) Andrea MANICI (Zebre Rugby, 11 caps) Valerio BERNABO’ (Zebre Rugby, 24 caps) Joshua FURNO (Newcastle Falcons, 29 caps) Marco FUSER (Benetton Treviso, 4 caps) Quintin GELDENHUYS (Zebre Rugby, 55 caps) Mauro BERGAMASCO (svincolato, 103 caps) Francesco MINTO (Benetton Treviso, 17 caps) Sergio PARISSE (Stade Francais Paris, 112 caps) Samuela VUNISA (Saracens, 6 caps) Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Treviso, 88 caps) Edoardo GORI (Benetton Treviso, 42 caps) Guglielmo PALAZZANI (Zebre Rugby, 9 caps) Marcello VIOLI (Zebre Rugby, 1 cap) Tommaso ALLAN (USAP Perpignan, 15 caps) Carlo CANNA (Zebre Rugby, 1 cap) Tommaso BENVENUTI (Bristol Rugby, 31 caps) Michele CAMPAGNARO (Exeter Chiefs, 13 caps) Angelo ESPOSITO (Benetton Treviso, 5 caps) Gonzalo GARCIA (Zebre Rugby, 36 caps) Andrea MASI (Wasps, 92 caps) Luke MCLEAN (Benetton Treviso, 69 caps) Luca MORISI (Benetton Treviso, 14 caps) Leonardo SARTO (Zebre Rugby, 17 caps) Giovanbattista VENDITTI (Newcastle Falcons, 28 caps)