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Italy U20s Captain's Speech Goes Viral After Historic Win Over South Africa

Italy U20s Captain's Speech Goes Viral After Historic Win Over South Africa
By Colman Stanley Updated
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Italy U20s pulled off a famous victory yesterday afternoon, beating South Africa U20s 34-26 in awful conditions on their home turf.

This Italian side have already proved that are different, and the best underage team we have seen from Italy.

They secured a third place finish at this year's U20 Six Nations U20s Championship, beating Wales and Scotland, and had a chance to beat France with a last play conversion.

Leading the way is their captain David Odiase, who previously made headlines for his post-match interview after that France game.

He has gone viral once more for his rousing speech ahead of Italy's loss to Argentina U20s last Thursday - filmed as part of World Rugby's U20s Embedded series - which showed the otherworldly passion, the camaraderie, and underdog mentality that this Italian side posses in spades.

While it didn't lead to a win over the Argies, you can bet that a similar talk was given ahead of their epic win over South Africa.

Italy U20s Captain Gives Epic Speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZC0kO5f5cQ

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For those who cannot view the video, you can read what he said below:

“We did great things during the Six Nations.

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"We did great things. Let’s look each other in the eyes. It’s us. It’s us! We represent our nation! We represent our values! We came here to fight for the respect of our nation!

"And from the first minute of this tournament to the end we fight together. We are 30 Italian soldiers fighting for our home country!

"Never again will they disrespect our peers! Never again will they doubt us! Never again will they doubt Giovanni! Never again will they doubt YOU! Because we are a family. I fight for your family and you fight for mine! I fight for you!”

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Italy U20s are now level on points with Argentina and South Africa in Pool C, and face Georgia in their final group stage game.

However, they are in a difficult position to qualify for the semi-finals as they are over 20 points behind in points difference.

SEE ALSO: Brian Gleeson Stars As Ireland U20s Score Huge Win Over Australia

29 June 2023; Brian Gleeson of Ireland is tackled by Lachlan Hooper of Australia during the U20 Rugby World Cup match between Australia and Ireland at Paarl Gymnasium in Paarl, South Africa. Photo by Thinus Maritz/Sportsfile

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