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Italy coach Pierre Berbizier
Pierre Berbizier was pleased with Italy's performance
Italy coach Pierre Berbizier was pleased with his team's performance despite going down 51-24 to Ireland.

"I want to thank my team," said Berbizier who was without the suspended Mauro Bergamasco and injured duo Andrea Lo Cicero and Gonzalo Canale.

"My players have given everything until the end of the game.

"We have to compliment Ireland. In the first half we had opportunities but it is difficult to get back into the game when you are losing against them."

Italy centre Mirco Bergamasco admitted that the Italians improved in character and strength as the tournament progressed.

"Unlike our opening 39-3 defeat to France, we did not give up against Ireland," he said.

"We battled until the end and I think this reaction is very important for us in the future."


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