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New Italy coach Quesada to convey assault focus as ambition obtained him prime job

Gonzalo Quesada has been teaching for a decade and a half and is assured now could be the proper time to get his first expertise as the top coach of a nationwide aspect. New Italy coach Quesada, the long-time Argentina fly-half, has formally changed Kieran Crowley, following the top of the Rugby World Cup.

His first recreation is ready to be the Guinness Six Nations opener towards England in Rome on Saturday 3 February.

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Quesada isn’t in need of worldwide expertise. He labored as a kicking coach with France between 2008 and 2011, serving to them to a Grand Slam in 2010 earlier than reaching a World Cup ultimate the next 12 months. And he was additionally a part of the Pumas set-up beneath Mario Ledesma, both aspect of main Stade Français to the French High 14 title in 2015.

For FIR president Marzio Innocenti, there was by no means any doubt that he was the suitable man to interchange Kieran Crowley.

Why Italy have appointed Gonzalo Quesada as head coach

At Quesada’s official presentation, Innocenti stated: “Firstly, I wish to thank Kieran Crowley, who took over the nationwide group and our motion throughout a tough time. He was requested to convey again perception and braveness to a really younger squad and he did a splendid job with all of the employees and introduced some outcomes with him.

“Gonzalo Quesada is a coach we selected as a result of, regardless of nonetheless being younger, he has been working for a very long time and has proven a substantial amount of curiosity.

“He reveals quite a lot of consideration to element, was a part of a France employees that reached a World Cup ultimate, he’s been to a Tremendous Rugby ultimate with the Jaguares and has gained a title in France, the place we all know the Championship may be very robust.

“We aren’t going to place stress on him with unrealistic targets that he can not meet, but when the Federation is formidable, Gonzalo is much more so and that’s the major purpose why he’s right here as the brand new Italy coach.”

Beneath Crowley, Italy have developed into an exhilarating attacking outfit, together with a primary win in Cardiff over Wales, in addition to a maiden success towards Australia – each in 2022.

Nevertheless, their World Cup marketing campaign ended with successive heavy defeats to New Zealand and France, denying them a spot within the quarter-finals.

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Quesada was a eager observer of these matches, in addition to the home type of Benetton and Zebre Parma.

And as he begins to construct on the work of Crowley, with Italy taking the second youngest squad to the World Cup, Quesada’s first step will probably be to construct a imaginative and prescient along with his teaching employees and gamers.

New Italy coach Quesada speaks as Italy coach for first time

He defined: “Selecting Italy was straightforward. I’ve labored in two nationwide teaching groups earlier than with Argentina and France, and I’ve been a head coach in Europe. The subsequent step and my private aim was to have the ability to lead a nationwide group.

“I’m actually privileged to be right here, I do know it’s a large problem however I’m additionally assured that I’m prepared.

“Earlier than speaking in regards to the recreation, I feel will probably be vital to have a standard imaginative and prescient. I’ve my very own convictions, in terms of the sport, to the identification and the tradition that I need, however first I would like to grasp Italian rugby tradition, will probably be vital to pay attention and study rather a lot after which I’ll attempt to persuade the gamers and employees to go in the identical course on this magnificent new journey.”

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Describing himself as an Anglo-Saxon coach in his consideration to element, Quesada nonetheless has that Latin aspect to him, which he hopes will assist him in his quest to grasp Italian rugby.

And whereas his Italy group will seemingly be extra pragmatic than that of his predecessor, don’t count on gli Azzurri to desert their free-flowing strategy altogether.

He added: “I actually like the present recreation plan. I lean in direction of an attacking philosophy which I feel can slot in properly with the Italian mindset.

“We have to proceed to enhance and work on the fundamentals. My concepts are additionally primarily based on what I’ve all the time seen when I’ve confronted Italy up to now, a tough group, which is nice within the scrum, in defence, which has coronary heart and by no means provides up.

“We have to proceed on that path and attempt to go even additional. We aren’t probably the most bodily highly effective group, we and we can not base our recreation round energy like South Africa or England, however we have to give ourselves a lot of choices and play with tempo, I feel the gamers imagine this too. In the present day’s rugby, and that of tomorrow, is a rugby primarily based on assault.”

You’ll be able to watch Gonzalo’s Italian group on this 12 months’s Guinness Six Nations by buying tickets right here: https://ticket.federugby.it/“

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