The news of the confirmation of Franco Smith as head coach of the Italian national team, widely announced for months and confirmed in an interview released a couple of weeks ago by Federal President Alfredo Gavazzi, took on the official traits yesterday, after ratification in the federal council.
The South African coach, formerly Benetton Rugby, has signed a contract until June 30, 2024. In the staff, together with Smith, also Alessandro Troncon, arriving from the Zebre Rugby, and the confirmed Giampiero de Carli and Marius Goosen.
Smith will operate from head coach until the season following the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France, also taking care of the Six Nations 2024. A choice in line with past decisions, with the Italian national team coach always kept under contract until after the end of the world cycle.
For Alessandro Troncon, however, it is a return. The former blue scrum half had been part of the national team from 2008 to 2012, before moving first to the Zebras and then to the management of the national team under 20 until 2017. After that date, he returned to the Zebras, where he was assistant by Michael Bradley to date.
Quintin Kruger is the new name of the blue staff. He is the new Head of Athletic Training and comes from the Cheetahs, where he has already worked with Franco Smith. Corrado Pilat also joins the staff, with the role of skills coach. The former opening median comes from the staff of the National Academy.
The complete staff of the Italian men’s national team
Franco Smith – Head Coach
Luigi Troiani – National Team Manager
Giampiero De Carli – Forward technician
Alessandro Troncon – Trocar technician
Marius Goosen – Assistant coach
Corrado Pilat – Skills technician
Quintin Kruger – Athletic Training Manager
Giovanni Sanguin – Athletic trainer
David Fonzi – Video Analyst
Claudio Robazza – Mental coach
Carmine Orlandi – Nutritionist
Massimo Bergonzi – physiotherapist
Sante Lugarini – osteopath
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