The Italian women’s national team roster for the World Cup has been revealed.
Sixteen players have been called up by Carlo Silipo to the Setterosa for the upcoming internationals in Rotterdam (April 11-13) and Athens (April 19-21).
With thirteen European bronze medalists from Split back on the team, they are nearly at full strength. Two key players, however Roberta Bianconi and Sofia Giustini, are both nursing injuries.
Three players on Silipo’s roster will make their senior national team debuts over the next few weeks. Veronica Gant of Ekipe Orizzonte is selected, while Giusy Citino, a forward for Plebiscito Padova, is the club’s lone representative. Pallanuoto Trieste’s Emma De March will also make her debut at the age of 17.
There will likely be some disruption to the Italian preparations for the world cup for the players from Ekipe, Rapallo and Trieste, with the Italian championship play-off’s taking place this weekend (8th April). At present, it is unclear who will be playing for their club, or staying to train with the national team.
FIRST LEGS Bogliasco 1951 7 – 17 Ekipe Orizzonte Trieste 10 – 6 Rapallo SECOND LEG Ekipe Orizzonte vs Bogliasco 1951 Rapallo vs Trieste
Bogliasco 1951 7 – 17 Ekipe Orizzonte
Trieste 10 – 6 Rapallo
Ekipe Orizzonte vs Bogliasco 1951
Rapallo vs Trieste
Ekipe are ten scores ahead of Bogliasco from the first leg of the quarter-finals (17-7), while Trieste lead Rapallo 10-6.
Italy are in group B with the United States, Spain, China. They will train with the Canadian national team in Ostia between the two tournaments.
Italy World Cup Squad
Silvia Avegno (CN Mataro), Lucrezia Cergol (Trieste), Emma De March (Trieste), Giusy Citino (Plebiscito Padova), Caterina Banchelli (RN Florentia), Chiara Tabani (SIS Roma), Giuditta Galardi (SIS Roma), Domitilla Picozzi (SIS Roma), Agnese Cocchiere (SIS Roma), Luna Di Claudio (SIS Roma), Valeria Palmieri (Orizzonte Catania), Giulia Viacava (Orizzonte Catania), Aurora Condorelli (Orizzonte Catania), Dafne Bettini (Orizzonte Catania), Veronica Gant (Orizzonte Catania), Claudia Marletta (Orizzonte Catania).
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