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De Rossi to skipper Azzurri
17 January 2004 13:51pm
Italy have named flanker Andrea De Rossi as their new skipper for the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
De Rossi's bow as skipper will be against world champions England at the Stadio Flaminio.
Coach John Kirwan said: "We are starting with the aim of winning the tournament and that is the only acceptable mentality even if I am fully aware of the difficulties in every match we play.
"I know we can do well and I believe Andrea De Rossi has the right qualities to be captain for the 6 Nations even if Troncon comes back earlier than expected.
"De Rossi will stay as captain until the last game with Wales in Cardiff."
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