FO­CUS ON ITAL­IAN RUGBY

Rugby World - - SWITZERLAND -

What is dif­fer­ent at Ze­bre this sea­son? We’re a very young team – we re­cruited 11 new sign­ings over the sum­mer. The pos­i­tive thing is we know our game plan as we’ve got the same coaches as last year. We’re used to see­ing you on the big stage. How have you changed? We feel bet­ter with our at­tack­ing game plan, mostly be­cause it all passes through our fly-half. I feel com­fort­able play­ing this way, but I want to im­prove dur­ing the sea­son. How? I want to im­prove my penalty kicks and con­ver­sions. And then, in open games, I want to be­come one of the best of­fload­ers and passers… and also car­ry­ing too!

Can Ze­bre sur­prise any­one this sea­son? We want to be more con­sis­tent, then more com­pet­i­tive – most of all dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional win­dow when we nor­mally strug­gle. We have a deeper ros­ter now. We have con­fi­dence we can im­prove on last sea­son, when we had seven wins in the Pro14 and one in Europe. What have you done to im­prove your own con­fi­dence? I’m get­ting more of the ball in my hands. In at­tack I’m very com­fort­able, but I need to im­prove my de­fence. What do you do away from rugby? I love walk­ing around Parma with my fi­ancée – it is a beau­ti­ful town. I love to play FIFA on PlayS­ta­tion too. Gi­ulio Bisegni is my big­gest ri­val. How do you en­cour­age more peo­ple to come to watch Ze­bre? There are sev­eral peo­ple work­ing on mar­ket­ing. But the play­ers also like to be in­volved in in­ter­act­ing away from the pitch, be­cause it’s im­por­tant for our sup­port­ers to trust the brand and the peo­ple of Ze­bre.

That will help our cred­i­bil­ity as a club, and if we are like that out­side the 80 min­utes, we will have more peo­ple at the box of­fice.

Ten at the teeCarlo Canna

High rise Ze­bre li­ne­out

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