World Cup Update: Italy team named; Kangaroos get a day off

The 2013 Rugby League World Cup kicks off late tomorrow night, with the Australian Kangaroos up against England and Wales versus Italy in a double header at Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.


The Italy team has now been named, with Parramatta Eels 2014 signing Brenden Santi to make his debut off the bench, and Dean Parata the starting hooker.


1. Anthony Minichiello (c)

2. Joshua Mantellato

3. James Tedesco

4. Aiden Guerra

5. Chris Centrone

6. Ben Falcone

7. Ryan Ghietti

8. Anthony Laffranchi

9. Dean Parata

10. Paul Vaughan

11. Mark Minichiello

12. Cameron Ciraldo

13. Joel Riethmuller


Interchange (two to be omitted)

14. Sam Gardel

15. Ryan Tramonte

16. Brenden Santi

17. Raymond Nasso

18. Tim Maccan

19. Gavin Hiscox


The Azzurri have now arrived in Cardiff for Saturday nights game - heres a photo from Brendens Instagram of the team staying in a castle:





While the Australian Kangaroos side has enjoyed a day off before their final captains run tonight.





While the Ireland Wolfhounds dont take the field until Monday night (Australian time) against Fiji, so Api Pewhairangi and the side have had some fun checking out the rides at the Blackpool theme park!





Click here to see the Kangaroos line-up for the World Cup opener , and make sure to check out our World Cup hub with video, photos and news from all the Parramatta Eels players in the UK!