Del Piero welcomes Wallabies to his home
Italian superstar Alessandro Del Piero has genuinely wished the Wallabies all the best as they attempt to disappoint his home town on Sunday morning (AEDT).
Australia play the Azzurri in Turin, the north-western city that held the 2006 Winter Olympics and is home to Del Piero's former Serie A club Juventus.
The Sydney FC marquee player took no time to welcome the Wallabies to his town by hosting them at his own personal art gallery, ADPLOG, from afar on Tuesday.
Del Piero chatted with Wallabies skipper Ben Mowen via skype at the gallery and had his brother Stefano present the team with a Sydney FC jersey.
Mowen also handed on a signed Wallabies jersey as the local 513-game Juve hero found it "funny" that he was in Sydney while the Australians were in Turin preparing to play at Stadio Olympico.
"I'm happy that you are in Torino but also at my house," Del Piero said.
"It's a cold city but for sure you will find at the stadium a very warm crowd for your game."
ADP sent a special message to fullback Israel Folau who he shared coffee with before the Wallabies left for their five-week European tour.
"Good luck mate. See you in Sydney," the 2006 World Cup winner said.
Folau said: "He's very big in sport and to chat to him in Torino is great."
While Del Piero played in the Socceroos most painful loss, in the knockout stages of the 2006 World Cup, Australia have never lost to Italy in 15 rugby Tests.
The Wallabies were originally scheduled to take on the Azzurri in Rome before the match was switched to Turin so Italy could play Argentina in the capital in the hope Pope Francis would attend.