Campese out of World Cup

One of Italy‘s marquee players for the World Cup, Canberra stand-off Terry Campese, has withdrawn from the tournament due to injury.

Campese, 29, was one of the star names unveiled last week when Italy revealed their squad for the competition, which they help to kick-off against Wales at the Millennium Stadium on October 26.

Italy manager Reno Santaguida suggested that new Raiders coach Ricky Stuart is behind the withdrawal, having previously received an email from Canberra football manager John Bonasera clearing Campese to play.

Santaguida told press Down Under: “Campo was officially in, 100 per cent. He had signed the World Cup documentation. I feel for Campo. He got pressured by a new coach. He had to choose between club and country.

“We’re not blaming him because he’s been put in a difficult situation but it’s disappointing because a lot of our plans, promotions and sponsorship centred around Terry.”

Campese’s withdrawal has been put down to injury. The nephew of former Australia rugby union star David has had four operations on his left knee in the past, including two knee reconstructions.

Italy have, however, been boosted by the news that Kade Snowden will be available to play in their opener against Wales.

They successful lobbied to have Snowden serve a one-game suspension carried from the NRL in the World Cup warm-up game against England at Salford on October 19.

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