Rugby: Italy's Menoncello to miss World Cup


(ANSA) - ROME, AUG 8 - Italy centre Tommaso Menoncello will miss the Rugby World Cup after the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) said Tuesday that an arm-muscle injury he suffered in Saturday's 33-17 defeat to Ireland in a warm-up game requires surgery.
    The 20-year-old, who scored one of Italy's tries in Dublin, came off minutes from the end in tears.
    The injury is expected to keep him sidelined for at least four months.
    Azzurri Coach Kieran Crowley has had to postpone the announcement of his World Cup squad from this Thursday until August 22 due to a series of injury worries.
    The federation said Monday that prop Marco Riccioni, who came off after 10 minutes in Dublin, suffered a knee injury and scrum-half Stephen Varney, who was replaced at half-time, hurt his shoulder.
    It said the situations of both players would be re-assessed in the coming days.
    Italy's opening match of the World Cup in France is against Namibia on September 9 in Saint-Étienne.
    They face a massive challenge to finish in the top two of Pool A to qualify for the quarter-finals for the first time as hosts France and the legendary New Zealand All Blacks are in the same group, along with Namibia and Uruguay. (ANSA).

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