By Joel Morgan, Date: 23/5/13
In the lead up to the Italian Rugby League (FIRFL) national teamâ€™s international match against the Rest of the World on May 25 at 5.30pm in Palmi, Reggio Calabria at campo da Rugby San Giorgio an Italian Rugby star has lent his support to the Azzurri XIII.
Andrea Masi, a star for the Italian Azzurri Rugby Union team and 2011 6 Nations Player of the Year, as well as a leading contender for the 2013 honour has sent his support to the Italian Azzurri Rugby League squad (FIRFL) and national coach Tyrone Sterry for their International against the Barbarian Warriors.
In a sign of good faith between the two sports in Italy that matches an FIRFL movement belief and the process in how we develop the sport, Andrea sent the following to the squad via our social networking pages and personally to Tyrone Sterry â€œA big good luck for Saturday’s match. To get a chance to play to defend the colours of your country is a great honour, be proud to wear the azzurri (blue) shirt! Forza Italia!â€
The FIRFL than thanked Andrea, who now plays in London, for his support of the Azzurri and Tyrone with the Italian star surprising us with â€œit was a pleasure, I am a big fan of rugby league!â€