Rugby, new coach Raineri names 26

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Rugby, new coach Raineri names 26

It has been announced of the 26 Azzurri players called for the first women’s national team meeting under new head coach Giovanni Raineri.

The group – to which are added the invited athletes Gaia Buso, Giada Franco, Isabella Locatelli, Sofia Rolfi and Alissa Ranuccini (Rugby Colorno) – will meet at the Cittadella del Rugby in Parma on Sunday, December 18, where the three-day preparation is scheduled to end at 12 noon on Wednesday, December 21.

Once again part of Italdonne the athletes returning from the expedition to New Zealand – site of the last edition of the World Cup – Barro, Capomaggi, D’Incà, Duca, Granzotto, Maris, Muzzo, Ostuni Minuzzi, Rigoni, Seye, Sgorbini, Stecca, Stefan, Stevanin and Vecchini. There were numerous new additions of youngsters from the Sevens ranks (Toeschi, Margotti, Pin, Gronda, Gurioli, Cavina and Cheval); all of the summoned players play in the top Italian women’s league with the exception of Lucrezia Iavarone (Leicester Tigers) and Clara Goldenberg (Amatori Union Rugby Milano).

“In agreement with the ‘veterans,’ we decided to give more space to the younger athletes, so as to create the conditions for them to be evaluated. Many of them have already taken part in the senior national team rallies or have measured themselves with the seven-a-side discipline; some, however, will experience the Azzurri rallies for the first time – one athlete plays in Serie A, another plays in the English league. The goal is to continuously monitor the most interesting profiles, regardless of the competition they come from, to widen the pool from which to draw for the formation of the squad. The choices made draw a line of continuity with the activity carried out to date, to build an increasing depth in view of upcoming international commitments,” said Giovanni Raineri.

The 26 athletes summoned:
Barro, Francesca – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Capomaggi, Beatrice – Villorba Rugby
Cassaghi Alice – Cus Milano Rugby
Cavina Giulia – Cus Milano Rugby
Cheval Mathilde – Valsugana Rugby Padova
D’inca’ Alyssa – Villorba Rugby
Duca Giordana – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Goldenberg Clara Hannah Giuseppina – Amatori Union Rugby Milano
Granzotto Francesca – Unione Rugby Capitolina
Eaves, Alessia – Cus Torino
Gurioli, Laura – Villorba Rugby
Iavarone, Lucrezia – Leicester Tigers Women’s Team
Margotti Alessia – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Maris, Gaia – Wasps RFC
Muzzo, Aura – Villorba Rugby
Ostuni Minuzzi, Vittoria – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Paganini, Laura – Cus Milano Rugby
Pin, Valeria – Villorba Rugby
Rigoni, Beatrice – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Seye, Sara – Rugby Calvisano
Sgorbini, Francesca – ASM Romagnat
Stecca, Emanuela – Villorba Rugby
Stefan, Sofia – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Stevanin, Emma – Valsugana Rugby Padova
Toeschi, Arianna – Cus Torino
Vecchini, Vittoria – Valsugana Rugby Padova

Invited athletes:
Buso, Gaia – Rugby Colorno
Franco, Giada – Rugby Colorno
Locatelli, Isabella – Rugby Colorno
Ranuccini, Alissa – Rugby Colorno
Rolfi, Sofia – Rugby Colorno

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