Italian star Capuozzo stares at Bok’s scalp


Angel Capuozzo © Gallo Images

Saturday will be almost six years to the day since Italy shocked the rugby world with a 20-18 win over the Springboks in Florence and the hosts plan to shock the Boks again this weekend if theirs is to be believed. new star.

Ange Capuozzo, who was named this week as one of the nominees for World Rugby’s best player of the year, and the player who inspired Italy’s win over Wales and played a role important in their upset win over Australia last weekend, believes his side can beat the Springboks. This weekend.

After all, the memory from six years ago was that they beat the Boks and then lost to Tonga the following weekend. With Australia’s scalp already in the bag, Capuozzo wants another one to take home this weekend.

“It’s very important that we continue where we left off in Florence,” Capuozzo told The Times.

“We have to keep playing our game, regardless of who the opponent is. Belief is fundamental to us. As with Wales, even before the match against Australia, we sincerely believed that we could and would win. I think that was the basis of our victory, actually.

“We’ve been growing together for several months now, and I think it’s really important that deep down we believe in ourselves, in our abilities and in our chances. For me, that’s what makes the difference when preparing for matches.

“We have to have a lot of confidence in our game. South Africa are obviously a great team and played very well against France. It will be very difficult but do not be afraid or venture into it with a complex. It’s a game we can win. »

Capuozzo scored twice for Italy against Australia before learning he was shortlisted for the World Rugby award.

“It is very emotional for me to receive this nomination,” said Capuozzo.

“It has always been my dream to play for Italy, and contributing to the growth of the team and achieving important results is something that makes me very proud.

“I will continue to work hard to play my role for the team as we try to achieve the things that Italian rugby deserves.”

As he set up the break for the try that beat Wales in the Six Nations in Cardiff, he believes there are more moments ahead of the team as they continue to grow .

“Cardiff was fantastic, but I think it was more important because we did it in Italy. We needed it,” he said.

“We needed to create a positive atmosphere, for ourselves and for our collaborators, and we did it in front of them. It was obviously a very important moment for the growth of this group, but for me Saturday was even more important in terms of the energy that we felt from the stadium in Florence.

“It was not the most difficult tries I scored, thanks to the perfect construction work that was done before me during the preparation. The running lines, the passes, were all perfect. It’s much easier when you’re at the end of moves like that.

“I’m obviously happy – there was a real explosion of joy throughout the stadium after them, which was a special experience to have. The whole day was a really important moment for our people, the children, the families who came to see us and who can see that it is now possible, that we can win these games, it’s huge for rugby in Italy.


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