Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

ITALY CONNECTION; Gardel sharesItalian Victoryover England

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

ITALY CONNECTION; Gardel sharesItalian Victoryover England

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Pamela Frost

pamela.frost@dailymercury.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: Being a part of Italy's upset win against England at the weekend can only be a good thing for former Whitsundays player Sam Gardel, as he prepares for the start of the Rugby League World Cup this weekend.

His parents, Luchie and Ann Gardel, of Proserpine, are ready to fly out on Thursday ahead of Italy's first World Cup game against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.

This is the first World Cup for the front-rower, who plays in the Intrust Super Cup with Souths Logan.

His father Luchie, who also played the sport, spoke to Sam briefly after the Italians' upset 15-14 win against England in a warm-up match on Saturday.

"He said he was happy with this game and hopefully he'll get another run in the opening ceremony in Cardiff," Gardel said.

"Going from playing with Souths Logan to playing against a good English side to start with would have been a bit awesome for him, he naturally would have been a bit nervous, but he's gelled in with the team and he obviously got a good run. …

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