New Zealand Embassy Rome, Italy
Rugby: Cassino a stop to remember them
The delegation, accompanied by Ambassador Trevor Matheson laid wreaths at the Commonwealth Cemetery and the New Zealand memorial at the railway station, the site of fierce fighting where the 28th Maori Battalion was heavily engaged, and visited the Benedictine Abbey on Monte Cassino.
They were then hosted by the Cassino municipality where they were greeted by the mayor, Giuseppe Golini Petrarcone and the local authority for Arts and Entertainment Danilo Grossi. An exchange of rugby jerseys took place before an enthusiastic group of young rugby players from the newly formed rugby club, the Briganti Cassino Rugby mini squad and other young Cassino rugby players.
The New Zealand delegation was escorted throughout their visit to Cassino by Gennaro De Falco, Campania Region President of the Italian Rugby Federation and licensed tour guide Michele Di Lonardo.