On the eve of the match against the All Blacks at the Olimpico, the captain of Italy Michele Lamaro sends a message to the highly rated opponents: “We want try to put pressure on them All Blacks and be competitive even with the best team in the world. How can we earn respect? We have lost it a bit in recent years and it needs to be won back. This will be a first step and we want to do it in the best possible way. We want to show our game. Respect is earned on the pitch. We need to put the backs and forwards in trouble “. In first confrontation of the Autumn Nations Series the blues will have to face a huge obstacle. “It is a dream to see the haka live, we will face it openly, looking them in the eyes and challenging them. It is a ritual that we must respect. And it must be looked at and admired. What we want to do is look them straight in the eye to challenge them, because this is our home and there are our fans “added Lamaro. “I haven’t prepared any speeches. Maybe someone feels they have to do it tomorrow. Tackling such a team is the best thing a rugby player can do.”, underlined the captain of Italy.
The goal of the Azzurri
Lamaro does not want to indicate a minimum score to be achieved, the focus is all on the team’s performance: “We have not even thought about a score. The focus is only on performance. It is clear that then the result must be taken into account, and on what we compare”. Captain of Italrugby underlines the growth of the group, essential for writing the future of the national team: “The word we have said several times is family, that is to create a soul and an identity of the national team that has been lacking a little in recent years. The important thing is that the performance grows with the subsequent matches against Argentina and Uruguay”, he added. “We are a very young group, and this gives us a hand to get to know each other”. The New Zealand coach Kieran Crowley, will make his debut on the Italy bench tomorrow, and has dispensed important advice to his team: “Our coach prefers to call them New Zealand because All Blacks makes you feel a little inferior – added Lamaro at the press conference – the challenge is between Italy and New Zealand“.