World Cup latest – Italy pivot pulls out

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Italy pivot pulls out - Craig Gower has ruled himself out of the World Cup because of a knee injury.

The Australian-born Italian flyhalf feels he will not recover in time for the tournament in New Zealand by September.

‘I’m not in a position to express myself 100 percent and I don’t think I will be in the next few months,’ he said. ‘It’s not been an easy decision. Playing in a World Cup is the target of every player.’

Gower has been replaced by another Aussie, Kristopher Burton. There are three South African players in the 36-man group, locks Cornelius Van Zyl, Quintin Geldenhuys and Carlo del Fava.

Head coach Nick Mallett will name his final World Cup squad of 30 after their warm-up games against Japan in Cesena on August 13 and Scotland in Edinburgh on August 20.

Italy training squad:
Forwards: Lorenzo Cittadini (Treviso), Alberto De Marchi (Aironi), Salvatore Perugini (Aironi), Leonardo Ghiraldini (Treviso), Tommaso D’Apice (Rome), Fabio Ongaro (Aironi), Valerio Bernabo (Treviso), Joshua Furno (Aironi), Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi), Cornelius Van Zyl (Treviso), Robert Julian Barbieri (Treviso), Mauro Bergamasco (Stade Francais), Paul Derbyshire (Treviso), Manoa Vosawai (Treviso), Alessandro Zanni (Treviso), Martin Castrogiovanni (Leicester), Andrea Lo Cicero (Racing-Metro), Marco Bortolami (Aironi), (Aironi), Sergio Parisse (Stade Francais).

Backs: Pablo Canavosio (Aironi), Fabio Semenzato (Treviso), Riccardo Bocchino (Aironi), Tommaso Benvenuti (Treviso), Gonzalo Garcia (Treviso), Luke McLean (Treviso), Andrea Pratichetti (Treviso), Matteo Pratichetti (Aironi), Alberto Sgarbi (Treviso), Giulio Toniolatti (Aironi), Luciano Orquera (Brive), Edoardo Gori (Treviso), Kristopher Burton (Treviso), Mirco Bergamasco (Racing-Metro), Gonzalo Canale (Clermont), Andrea Masi (Racing-Metro).