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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 September 2007, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK

World Cup veterans: Alessandro Troncon
Alessandro Troncon
Country: Italy Age: 34
Caps: 96 World Cups: 3 Position: Scrum-half

Like the prized white truffle from his native Italy, Troncon is gnarled and not particularly good looking but an absolute gem when the time is right.

Italy's most-capped player is a combative and inspirational general, continually stoking the fire of his volcanic pack and occasionally erupting himself in a Vesuvian break or defensive effort.

The ex-skipper will epitomise Italian passion and spirit as he seeks to guide the Azzurri out of the group stages for the first time.



SEE ALSO
Italy RWC team guide
04 Sep 07 |  Team guides
Rugby union positions guide
05 Feb 07 |  Laws & Equipment

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