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Italy national rugby union team

For the rugby sevens side, see Italy national rugby union team (sevens).

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The Italy national rugby union team represent the nation of Italy in the sport of rugby union.

The team is also known as the Azzurri (Sky-Blues). Italy have been playing international rugby since 1929, and for decades were considered one of the best European teams outside the Five Nations Championship. Since 2000, Italy compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They were the holders of the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy for 2013, played annually against France. Italy are ranked 15th in the world by the IRB as of 23 March 2015.

Italian rugby really came to prominence in 2000 when it was added to the Five Nations, creating the Six Nations. Initially on the end of some heavy defeats, the side has grown in competitiveness, recording a fourth-place finish in 2007 and 2013, and even in defeat, lop-sided losses are less frequent. The Azzurri have shown respectable results when playing at home in recent years: during the 2011 Six Nations, the side defeated France 22–21, and in the 2013 Six Nations, Italy won again at home to France (23–18),[1] and defeated Ireland 22–15.[2]

Italy have also competed at every Rugby World Cup since the first tournament in 1987, but have yet to progress beyond the first round. The team has developed a reputation for being a consistent middle player at the tournament. Italy's showings at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 Rugby World Cup have consistently followed a formula where they managed two wins and two losses during the pool stages.

The current head coach is Jacques Brunel. Number eight Sergio Parisse is their current captain.[3]

History

Early history: 1911–34

The first match played by an Italian XV was in 1911 between US Milanese and Voiron of France. On 25 July of the same year the "Propaganda Committee" was formed which in 1928 became the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) (Italian Rugby Federation).

In May 1929, Italy played their first international losing 9–0 against Spain in Barcelona. After the formation of FIRA in 1934, which brought together the national teams of Italy, France, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Germany

1945–99

World War II meant an hiatus for Italian rugby union, as it did in other rugby-playing nations. Post-war, there was a desire to return to normal and Italian rugby union entered a new dimension thanks to the help of Allied troops in Italy.

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The lineup of the Italy national rugby union team vs France, 1975.

In the 1970s and 1980s rugby union made enormous progress thanks to great foreign players (John Kirwan, Naas Botha, David Campese, Michael Lynagh) and coaches (Julien Saby, Roy Bish, Greenwood, Nelie Smith) in the Italian championship. Even foreign coaches were and continue to be chosen for the national team, like Bertrande Fourcade and Georges Coste. In 1973, the national team went on a tour of South Africa, coached by ex-Springbok prop Amos Du Plooey. Tours of England and Scotland followed, as well as games against Australia and New Zealand, the masters of their day.

Since 1980, the Italian National side had been pursuing the ambition of playing in an expanded Five Nations Championship. Consistently winning against nations that now play in the European Nations Cup (Romania, Spain, Georgia, etc.), and good results against the major nations such as France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland meant that they were often talked as strong candidates.[4]

The Azzurri took part in the first-ever Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on 22 May 1987. The match proved a one-sided affair with New Zealand convincing 70–6 winners against a young Italian side. John Kirwan, later to become the Italian national coach, scored one of the tournament’s greatest-ever tries for the All Blacks. Italy did, however, manage to beat Fiji and finished third in their pool; failing to make the finals.

At the 1991 World Cup, Italy were grouped in a tough pool with the likes of England and the All Blacks. They lost both of these games but beat the USA. At the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, Italy came close to beating England; losing 20–27, but recovered to beat Argentina. They finished third in their pool again below England and Western Samoa, but above the Argentines.

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The current badge on the Italy jersey

The 1990s saw the Italians build a formidable side and record Test victories over Five Nations opposition. In 1996, a deal between British Sky Broadcasting and the Rugby Football Union meant that England home games were exclusively shown on Sky. England were threatened with being expelled from the Five Nations to be replaced by Italy. This threat was never carried out as a deal was worked out.

Italy recorded two consecutive victories over Ireland in 1997; 37–29 on 4 January, at Lansdowne Road, and 37–22 on 20 December, in Bologna.[5] On 22 March 1997 they recorded their first win over France, 40–32, (in Grenoble). In January 1998, Scotland were the victims with Italy winning 25–21 (in Treviso); in the same year in the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, they narrowly lost 23–15 against England at Huddersfield, but they argued for a try by Alessandro Troncon disallowed by the referee.[6]

At the 1999 World Cup, Italy were drawn with New Zealand for the third time and lost again. They did not win a single pool match and went home before the knock-out stage.[7]

Six Nations era: 2000–present

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Italy vs All Blacks at San Siro with Record 80,000 Sold Out Crowd. (Nov. 2009)

Italy finally joined the Six Nations Championship in 2000 but their admission coincided with the departure of some of their best players. Nevertheless they won their opening game against the reigning champions Scotland 34–20. Thereafter they struggled to compete against the other nations and their participation was called into question. The 2001 and 2002 tournaments were particularly disappointing as they did not win a single game. Coach Brad Johnstone was sacked in 2002 after an alleged show of 'player power'.

John Kirwan was then appointed coach. Italy won two pool games at the 2003 World Cup, defeating both Canada and Tonga, but lost to the All Blacks and Wales. They managed to get their second Six Nations win in 2003 30–22 against Wales and Italy avoided the wooden spoon. They followed up by winning two games at the World Cup, another first, though the tournament was ultimately disappointing as the Welsh gained revenge with a 27–15 success that meant that Italy were the only Six Nations country not to advance to the knock-out stage. Their third win came against Scotland in 2004.

Italy, along with other nations, had made good use of IRB rules which allowed them to select foreign born players if they had Italian ancestry or had lived in Italy for a qualifying period of 3 years. From 2004 they announced that they would only pick three such 'non-Italians' per team in order to develop their own domestic players.

In the 2005 Six Nations Italy finished bottom of the table again and failed to win a single game. Kirwan was sacked and replaced with Pierre Berbizier. Italy then went on a tour of Argentina where they surprised many by beating the Pumas 30–29 and drawing the series 1–1 (the only 2005 victory of a northern hemisphere team visiting a southern hemisphere team). However the Pumas had their revenge when they visited Genoa and beat Italy 39–22.

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Italy contesting a lineout with Scotland during the 2012 Six Nations

In the 2006 Six Nations Championship the Italian team performed strongly against every team, leading against both England and France in the first half, but lost their first three games. They did, however, get a creditable 18–18 draw away to Wales, their first ever away point in the tournament, and were unlucky not to draw with Scotland in Rome in the final game, losing 10–13 courtesy of a late Scottish penalty. In the 2007 Six Nations Championship, Italy started poorly, losing to France 3–39. However, Italy's performance improved, and they held England to a 20–7 result at Twickenham. Italy followed with a stunning start to their match at Murrayfield against Scotland, scoring three quick tries to give Italy a 21–0 lead after 7 minutes, and the Azzurri went on to a 37–17 victory; their first-ever away win in the Six Nations. Italy's next match was against Wales in Rome, with Italy winning 23–20, for their first consecutive victories in the competition and help them achieve their highest-ever position in the competition. The domestic interest in rugby reached new heights with Italy's new success front page media coverage and the sport being held up as a model of fair play.[8] Media and public interest in the national team was very high during the side's newfound success,[8] despite losing their last game to Ireland. 10,000 fans later greeted the national team at Rome's Piazza del Popolo.[8]

The 2008 Six Nations Championship saw the Italians again finish in last place, albeit by only a three-point margin. They took part in close matches against Ireland, Wales England and France respectively and managed a sole victory, defeating Scotland 23–20 in Rome in the last round of matches.[9] In the summer tests they lost to South Africa but again managed to surprise 3rd ranked Argentina with a 13–12 victory. At the 2008 end of year tour Italy pushed the Wallabies in their clash in Padova, but the Australians eventually went on to win 30–20. A week later the Italians were defeated by Argentina, 14–22.

Italy's 2009 Six Nations campaign was star-crossed almost from the beginning, with both scrum-halves ruled out of the competition before a ball was kicked, and a third alternative ruled out of the opener at England due to injury. Head coach Nick Mallett tried flanker Mauro Bergamasco at scrum-half. Mallett's gamble failed in epic fashion, with Bergamasco's mistakes leading to three England tries before he was replaced at the half; England went on to win 36–11.[10] In week two Italy also put in a poor performance against Ireland losing 38-9.[11] The two poor performances were followed by another loss to Scotland. The Azzurri were competitive in their 20–15 loss at the Flaminio to a Wales side resting many of its key players for the championship decider against Ireland the next week.[12] Italy finished in last place for the second straight year after losing to France on the final weekend of the tournament.

In the 2010 Six Nations Championship, Italy were well beaten by Ireland 29-11 before narrowly losing to England and defeating Scotland.[13][14] Italy were defeated in their last two matches against France and Wales.[15]

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Italian fans on their way to see Italy play Scotland at Murrayfield in the Six Nations Championship, 2013

Italy finished the 2011 Six Nations with a 1–4 record. In the opening match of the 2011 Six Nations, Italy was beaten by Ireland 11–13 at home, with Ireland scoring a drop goal less than 2 minutes before the final whistle. The Azzurri claimed a 22–21 home victory over the reigning Six Nations champions, France, gaining Italy's first ever win over France in a Six Nations game.[16] At the final whistle, the English language commentator declared it the greatest win in Italian rugby history thus far.

Italy finished the 2012 Six Nations in fifth place with a 1–4 record, following a 13–6 win over Scotland before over 72,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Italy's 15–19 defeat was Italy's closest ever margin to defeating England.[17] The championship also saw Italy lose to Wales, Ireland and France.[18]

Italy played three matches in the 2012 November internationals, losing two and winning one. The Italian's lost to New Zealand and Australia 22-19, with Italian fly half Luciano Orquera missing a penalty in the last minute which would have secured Italy's first ever draw against Australia.[19] Italy did manage a win in the series, beating Tonga 28-23.[20]

Italy gained their second ever Six Nations win over France when they beat them 23-18 on their opening match of the 2013 Six Nations Championship.[21] Three defeats by Scotland, Wales and England followed.[22] On their final game of the championship Italy won against Ireland 22-15 for the first time ever in a Six Nations match in front of 75,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico.[23][24] Overall Italy finished fourth,[25] Behind Scotland in third on points difference, to make it one of their most successful Six Nations ever.[26]

Stadium & Attendance

Before joining the Six Nations in 2000 Italy did not have a set stadium and played their home matches in various stadiums around Italy. From 2000-2011 Italy played all of their home Six Nations matches at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) announced, in January 2010, that the stadium would undergo an expansion, that will increase its capacity to 42,000.[27] Continued delays to the start of construction meant that the revamp could not be completed in time for the 2012 Six Nations so all of Italy's home Six Nations games were moved to the Stadio Olimpico, also in Rome.[28] The expansion of the Stadio Flaminio is not expected to be complete until 2014. Upon completion the Italian team will move back to the Stadio Flaminio.[29] More Italians are coming to watch rugby union games and whereas before most of the fans at the Stadio Flaminio were away fans, now Italy has a good home crowd.[citation needed] Since moving to the Stadio Olimpico attendances have increased by huge numbers.[30] The Italian team has drawn large crowds since 2008, particularly for Six Nations matches and for matches against New Zealand:

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The Stadio Olimpico in Rome, current home of the Italian rugby team.
  1. 80,074, Italy v. New Zealand, 14 Nov 2009, San Siro (Milan).
  2. 80,054, Italy v. Ireland, 16 Mar 2013, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  3. 73,526, Italy v. Wales, 23 Feb 2013, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  4. 73,000, Italy v. New Zealand, 17 Nov 2012, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  5. 72,354, Italy v. Scotland, 17 Mar 2012, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  6. 71,257, Italy v. England, 15 March 2014, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  7. 67,529, Italy v. France, 3 Feb 2013, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  8. 66,271, Italy v. Scotland, 22 Feb 2014, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  9. 57,700, Italy v. Ireland, 7 Feb 2015, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).
  10. 53,700, Italy v. England, 11 Feb 2012, Stadio Olimpico (Rome).

Strip

Italy play in blue jerseys; from 2000, the strip was manufactured by Kappa and from 2007 the Italian bank Cariparma (Cassa di Risparmio di Parma e Piacenza S.p.A.) is the shirt sponsor. Starting in September 2012, Italy's new strip began to be manufactured by Adidas and debuted in November when they faced Tonga in Brescia.

Name Start End
23x15px Reebok 1996 Early 1998
23x15px Cotton Oxford 1997 1999 Rugby World Cup
23x15px Canterbury 2000 Six Nations 2000 mid year internationals
23x15px Kappa 2000 end of year internationals 2012 mid year internationals
23x15px Adidas 2012 end of year internationals Current

Palmarès

Competition File:Gold medal icon.svg File:Silver medal icon.svg File:Bronze medal icon.svg Total
Olympic Games 0 0 0 0
World Championship 0 0 0 0
European Championship 1 9 8 18
Total 1 9 8 18

Record

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Top 25 Rankings as 1 June 2015[31]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 11px 23x15px New Zealand 93.70
2 11px 23x15px South Africa 88.23
3 11px 23x15px Ireland 85.76
4 11px 23x15px England 85.40
5 11px 23x15px Wales 84.07
6 11px 23x15px Australia 82.95
7 11px 23x15px France 79.74
8 11px 23x15px Argentina 78.23
9 11px 23x15px Samoa 75.39
10 11px 23x15px Scotland 74.79
11 11px1 23x15px Fiji 74.57
12 11px1 23x15px Tonga 74.12
13 11px2 Template:Country data JPN 73.70
14 11px 23x15px Georgia 72.16
15 11px 23x15px Italy 71.85
16 11px 23x15px United States 67.61
17 11px 23x15px Canada 66.83
18 11px 23x15px Romania 66.23
19 11px 23x15px Russia 64.65
20 11px 23x15px Spain 62.59
21 11px 23x15px Uruguay 62.11
22 11px 23x15px Namibia 58.27
23 11px1 23x15px Chile 57.34
24 11px1 Template:Country data HKG 57.31
25 11px1 Template:Country data KOR 56.70
*Change from the previous week

Six Nations

Since entering the Six Nations Championship in 2000, Italy have yet to win the tournament. Italy got off to a positive start to the Six Nations in their first year; defeating Scotland in their first match of competition. Italy finished fifth in the 2003 competition above Wales. The following year Italy managed to finish fifth again, above Scotland in the final standings. In the 2007 Six Nations Italy defeated Scotland at Murrayfield for their first win away from home (Rome) in the competition. Two weeks later Italy defeated Wales for the second time in the history of the tournament in Rome: it was the first time the team won two games in the championship, and finished in 4th place. The winner of the Italy-France game is also awarded the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy. Italy recorded their first Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy victory on 12 March 2011 with a thrilling 22–21 win, and recorded their second on 3 February 2013 23-18. In the 2013 Championship, they also recorded a first Six Nations victory over Ireland, leaving England as the only nation they are yet to beat in the championship, and equalled their best finish of 4th.

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England
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France
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Ireland
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Italy
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Scotland
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Wales
Tournaments 119 86 121 16 121 121
Outright Wins (Shared Wins)
Home Nations 5 (4) NA 4 (4) NA 9 (2) 7 (4)
Five Nations 17 (6) 12 (8) 6 (5) NA 5 (6) 15 (8)
Six Nations 4 5 3 0 0 4
Overall 26 (10) 17 (8) 13 (9) 0 (0) 14 (8) 26 (12)
Grand Slams
Home Nations 0 NA 0 NA 0 2
Five Nations 11 6 1 NA 3 6
Six Nations 1 3 1 0 0 3
Overall 12 9 2 0 3 11
Triple Crowns
Home Nations 5 NA 2 NA 7 6
Five Nations 16 NA 4 NA 3 11
Six Nations 3 NA 4 NA 0 3
Overall 24 NA 10 NA 10 20
Wooden Spoons
Home Nations 11 NA 15 NA 8 8
Five Nations 14 17 21 NA 21 12
Six Nations 0 1 0 10 4 1
Overall 25 18 36 10 33 21

Including 2015 Championship

Rugby World Cup

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
23x15px23x15px 1987 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 40 110 Automatically qualified
23x15px23x15px23x15px 1991 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 57 76 3 3 0 0 83 38
23x15px 1995 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 69 94 4 3 0 1 210 52
23x15px 1999 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 35 196 6 5 0 1 302 92
23x15px 2003 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 77 123 2 2 0 0 75 20
23x15px 2007 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 85 117 2 2 0 0 150 7
23x15px 2011 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 92 95 Automatically qualified
23x15px 2015 - - - - - - -
Total 8/8 24 9 0 15 455 811 17 15 0 2 820 209

Italy have competed at every Rugby World Cup since the competition's inception in 1987. Italy finished third in their pool at their first World Cup, defeating Fiji, but not making the finals. They did not make the finals in 1991, grouped in a tough pool with England and the All Blacks. At the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, they finished behind England and Western Samoa, but above Argentina in their pool.

In 1999 they did not make the finals, with their defeats by the All Blacks and Tonga. Italy won two pool games at the 2003 World Cup, defeating both Canada and Tonga, but lost to the All Blacks and Wales. Italy played the 2007 Rugby World Cup in Pool C, against New Zealand, Scotland, Romania and Portugal (who had been beaten 83–0 by Italy in the qualifiers), with the goal of reaching the quarter finals for the first time. However, in the crucial group match against Scotland, Italy were undone by indiscipline. Chris Paterson kicked all of Scotland's points in an 18–16 victory, despite Italy crossing the line for the game's only try.

Overall

Their Test record against all nations, updated 21 March 2015:

Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
23x15px Argentina 20 5 14 1 25%
23x15px Australia 16 0 16 0 0%
23x15px Belgium 2 2 0 0 100%
23x15px Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 100%
23x15px Canada 7 5 2 0 71%
23x15px Cook Islands 1 1 0 0 100%
23x15px Croatia 1 1 0 0 100%
23x15px Czech Republic 1 1 0 0 100%
23x15px Czechoslovakia 11 9 1 1 82%
23x15px England 21 0 21 0 0%
23x15px Fiji 10 5 5 0 50%
23x15px France 36 3 33 0 8%
23x15px Georgia 1 1 0 0 100%
23x15px Ireland 24 4 20 0 17%
Template:Country data JPN 5 4 0 1 80%
23x15px Madagascar 2 2 0 0 100%
23x15px Morocco 8 6 2 0 75%
23x15px Namibia 3 1 2 0 33%
23x15px Netherlands 4 4 0 0 100%
23x15px New Zealand 12 0 12 0 0%
 Pacific Islanders 1 0 1 0 0%
23x15px Poland 7 6 1 0 86%
23x15px Portugal 12 10 1 1 83%
23x15px Romania 41 22 16 3 54%
23x15px Russia 4 4 0 0 100%
23x15px Samoa 7 2 5 0 29%
23x15px Scotland 23 8 15 0 34.78%
23x15px Serbia and Montenegro 3 3 0 0 100%
23x15px South Africa 12 0 12 0 0%
23x15px Soviet Union 14 3 10 1 21%
23x15px Spain 27 23 3 1 85%
23x15px Tonga 4 3 1 0 75%
23x15px Tunisia 3 3 0 0 100%
23x15px United States 4 4 0 0 100%
23x15px Uruguay 3 3 0 0 100%
23x15px Wales 22 2 19 1 9%
23x15px West Germany 14 13 0 1 93%
23x15px Zimbabwe 4 4 0 0 100%
Total 389 169 210 10 43.44%

European championships

Before 2000, Italy was one of the leading European teams outside the Five Nations, along with Romania, and for a while the USSR.

Italy competed in the original European Championships from 1936–38, but World War II meant that the tournament would not resume until 1952. Italy then competed in these tournaments from 1952–2000. Italy achieved only one the victory in 1995–97 FIRA Trophy.

Team First place Second place Third place
23x15px Italy 1 9 8

Thirties wins

Year Host city Winner Second place Third place
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1937 Paris 30x27px
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The fifties: the European Cup, Italian positions

Year Winner Second place Third place
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Spain

The Nations Cup 1966–73

Year Winner Second place Third place
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Romania
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France
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The FIRA Trophy 1974–97

Year Winner Second place Third place
1974/1975 30x27px
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France
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1976/1977 30x27px
Romania
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France
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1979/1980 30x27px
France
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Italy
1981/1982 30x27px
France
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Romania
1982/1983 30x27px
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Soviet Union
1983/1984 30x27px
France
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Romania
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1984/1985 30x27px
France
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Soviet Union
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Italy
1990/1992 30x27px
France
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Italy
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Romania
1992/1994 30x27px
France
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Romania
1995/1997 30x27px
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Romania

Players and Coaches

Current squad

On 15 January, head coach Jacques Brunel announced his 30-man squad for the 2015 Six Nations Championship.[32]

On 25 January, Marco Barbini was added to the squad to further selection options in the back row.[33]

On 29 January, Marco Fuser was added to the squad as cover for the injured Quintin Geldenhuys.[34]

On 8 February, Tommaso Boni and Samuela Vunisa were added to the squad as injury cover for Michele Campagnaro and Alessandro Zanni.[35]

On 22 February, Lorenzo Cittadini, was added to the as injury cover for Martin Castrogiovanni, while Enrico Bacchin and Antonio Pavanello were added to the squad after strong performances for Treviso in the first week off.[36]

On 12 March, Luciano Orquera was added to the squad as injury cover for Kelly Haimona.[37]

On 16 March, Michele Rizzo was added to the squad to replace Matías Agüero who was ruled out of the final match due to injury.[38]

Head Coach: 23x15px Jacques Brunel

  • Caps updated: 21 March 2015


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Leonardo Ghiraldini Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1984-12-26) 26 December 1984 (age 31) 75 23x15px Leicester Tigers
Andrea Manici Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1990-04-28) 28 April 1990 (age 25) 11 23x15px Zebre
Matías Agüero Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1981-02-13) 13 February 1981 (age 34) 33 23x15px Zebre
Martin Castrogiovanni Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 (age 34) 110 23x15px Toulon
Dario Chistolini Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 (age 27) 10 23x15px Zebre
Lorenzo Cittadini Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1982-12-17) 17 December 1982 (age 33) 38 23x15px Wasps
Alberto De Marchi Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1986-03-13) 13 March 1986 (age 29) 28 23x15px Sale Sharks
Michele Rizzo Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1982-09-16) 16 September 1982 (age 33) 16 23x15px Leicester Tigers
George Biagi Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1985-10-04) 4 October 1985 (age 30) 8 23x15px Zebre
Marco Bortolami Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1980-06-12) 12 June 1980 (age 35) 111 23x15px Zebre
Joshua Furno Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1989-10-21) 21 October 1989 (age 26) 29 23x15px Newcastle Falcons
Marco Fuser Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 (age 24) 4 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Quintin Geldenhuys Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 (age 34) 54 23x15px Zebre
Antonio Pavanello Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1982-10-13) 13 October 1982 (age 33) 23 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Robert Barbieri Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1984-06-05) 5 June 1984 (age 31) 39 23x15px Leicester Tigers
Marco Barbini Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1990-10-16) 16 October 1990 (age 25) 2 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Mauro Bergamasco Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1979-05-01) 1 May 1979 (age 36) 102 23x15px Zebre
Simone Favaro Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1988-11-07) 7 November 1988 (age 27) 24 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Francesco Minto Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1987-05-20) 20 May 1987 (age 28) 16 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Samuela Vunisa Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1988-08-19) 19 August 1988 (age 27) 5 23x15px Zebre
Alessandro Zanni Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 (age 32) 87 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Sergio Parisse (c) Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1983-09-12) 12 September 1983 (age 32) 112 23x15px Stade Français
Edoardo Gori Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 (age 25) 42 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Guglielmo Palazzani Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 24) 8 23x15px Zebre
Marcello Violi Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 22) 0 23x15px Calvisano
Tommaso Allan Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 22) 14 23x15px Perpignan
Kelly Haimona Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1986-07-30) 30 July 1986 (age 29) 7 23x15px Zebre
Luciano Orquera Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1981-10-12) 12 October 1981 (age 34) 48 23x15px Zebre
Enrico Bacchin Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 (age 23) 2 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Giulio Bisegni Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 23) 3 23x15px Zebre
Tommaso Boni Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 23) 0 23x15px Mogliano
Michele Campagnaro Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 (age 22) 13 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Luca Morisi Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 24) 14 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Simone Ragusi Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1992-03-28) 28 March 1992 (age 23) 0 23x15px Benetton Treviso
Leonardo Sarto Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 (age 24) 16 23x15px Zebre
Giovanbattista Venditti Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 (age 25) 27 23x15px Zebre
Michele Visentin Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 (age 24) 1 23x15px Zebre
Andrea Masi Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1981-03-30) 30 March 1981 (age 34) 91 23x15px Wasps
Luke McLean Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 28) 68 23x15px Sale Sharks

Coaches

Name From to P W D L % W/P
23x15px Arnaldo Cortese
23x15px John Thomas
20 May 1929 1 0 0 1 0
23x15px Arturo Cameroni
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
29 May 1930 1 1 0 0 100
23x15px Luigi Bricchi 1 November 1932 26 December 1934 4 3 0 1 75
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
23x15px Julien Saby
26 December 1934 7 April 1935 1 1 0 0 100
23x15px Julien Saby 7 April 1935 14 May 1936 2 0 0 2 0
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
23x15px Michel Boucheron
14 May 1936 16 May 1936 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
23x15px Julien Saby
1 January 1937 17 October 1937 5 2 1 2 40
23x15px Luigi Bricchi 6 March 1938 20 November 1938 1 0 0 1 0
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
23x15px Giuseppe Sessa
20 November 1938 19 March 1940 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Romano Bonifazi 19 March 1940 9 February 1941 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
23x15px Franco Chiaserotti
9 February 1941 2 May 1942
23x15px Luigi Bricchi
23x15px Franco Chiaserotti
2 May 1942 1 1 0 0 100
23x15px Tommaso Fattori 18 May 1947 27 March 1949 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Giorgio Briasco
23x15px Antonio Radicini
27 March 1949 26 February 1950 2 0 0 2 0
23x15px Romano Bonifazi 26 February 1950 29 July 1950
23x15px Francesco Vinci 29 July 1950 4 October 1950
23x15px Renzo Maffioli 4 October 1950 25 February 1951
23x15px Renzo Maffioli
23x15px Julien Saby
25 February 1951 1º August 1954 9 6 0 3 66,7
23x15px Piermarcello Farinelli
23x15px Aldo Invernici
23x15px Umberto Silvestri
1 August 1954 22 December 1956 8 5 0 3 62,5
23x15px Giulio Fereoli
23x15px Aldo Invernici
23x15px Umberto Silvestri
22 December 1956 8 December 1957 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Sergio Barilari
23x15px Aldo Invernici
23x15px Umberto Silvestri
8 December 1957 19 July 1958 1 0 0 1 0
23x15px Sergio Barilari
23x15px Mario Battaglini
23x15px Aldo Invernici
19 July 1958 10 April 1960 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Sergio Barilari
23x15px Romano Bonifazi
10 April 1960 22 April 1962 4 2 0 2 50
23x15px Aldo Invernici 22 April 1962 8 December 1965 7 2 0 5 28,5
23x15px Sergio Barilari
23x15px Mario Martone
8 December 1965 28 October 1967 7 3 1 3 42,8
23x15px Aldo Invernici 28 October 1967 24 May 1970 8 7 0 1 87,5
23x15px Giordano Campice 24 May 1970 25 October 1970 2 2 0 0 100
23x15px Sergio Barilari 25 October 1970 10 April 1971 3 0 0 3 0
23x15px Guglielmo Geremia 11 April 1971 27 May 1971 1 0 0 1 0
23x15px Aldo Invernici 28 May 1971 19 February 1972
23x15px Umberto Levorato 20 February 1972 25 November 1972 4 1 2 1 25
23x15px Gianni Villa 26 November 1972 14 February 1975 20 6 1 13 30
23x15px Roy Bish 15 February 1975 1º April 1977 15 8 1 6 53,3
23x15px Isidoro Quaglio 2 April 1977 1º May 1977 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Gwyn Evans 23 October 1977 23 October 1978 5 1 1 3 20
23x15px Pierre Villepreux 24 October 1978 24 October 1981 24 10 1 13 41,6
23x15px Paolo Paladini
23x15px Marco Pulli
25 October 1981 9 November 1985 28 16 2 10 57,14
23x15px Marco Bollesan 10 November 1985 4 November 1988 19 7 1 11 36,8
23x15px Loreto Cucchiarelli 5 November 1988 29 September 1989 7 1 0 6 14,3
23x15px Loreto Cucchiarelli
23x15px Bertrand Fourcade
29 September 1989 31 December 1989 2 1 0 1 50
23x15px Bertrand Fourcade 1 January 1990 30 August 1993 27 16 0 11 59,3
23x15px Georges Coste 31 August 1993 19 June 1999 48 19 1 28 39,6
23x15px Massimo Mascioletti 20 June 1999 19 November 1999 5 2 0 3 40
23x15px Brad Johnstone 20 November 1999 26 April 2002 27 5 0 22 18,5
23x15px John Kirwan 27 April 2002 18 April 2005 32 10 0 22 31,3
23x15px Pierre Berbizier 19 April 2005 30 September 2007 30 12 1 17 40
23x15px Nick Mallett 3 October 2007 30 October 2011 42 9 0 33 21,4
23x15px Jacques Brunel 1 November 2011 31 8 0 23

Individual all-time records

Most caps

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1. Marco Bortolami Lock 2001– 105 90 15 35 7 0 0 0 28 76 1 27.14
Martin Castrogiovanni Prop 2002– 105 82 23 60 12 0 0 0 29 75 1 28.09
Sergio Parisse Number 8 2002– 105 102 3 58 11 0 0 1 29 75 1 28.09
2. Andrea Lo Cicero Prop 2000–13 103 79 24 40 8 0 0 0 32 70 1 31.55
3. Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 1994–2007 101 94 7 95 19 0 0 0 33 67 1 33.16
4. Mauro Bergamasco Flanker 1998– 98 86 12 75 15 0 0 0 30 66 0 30.61
5. Mirco Bergamasco Wing 2002–12 89 82 7 256 17 12 49 0 22 66 1 25.28
6. Gonzalo Canale Centre 2003- 86 76 10 35 7 0 0 0 27 58 1 31.97
7. Carlo Checchinato Number 8 1990–2004 83 73 10 105 21 0 0 0 31 51 1 37.95
Andrea Masi Fullback 2000– 83 53 30 0 0 0 0 0 22 61 0 24.69

Last updated: Italy vs Fiji, 08 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [39]

Most tries

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Marcello Cuttitta Wing 1987–99 54 54 0 110 25 0 0 0
2. Paolo Vaccari Wing 1991–2003 64 63 1 107 22 0 0 0
3. Carlo Checchinato Number 8 1990–2004 83 73 10 105 21 0 0 0
Manrico Marchetto Wing 1972–81 43 39 4 84 21 0 0 0
5. Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 1994–2007 101 94 7 95 19 0 0 0
6. Mirco Bergamasco Wing 2002–12 89 82 7 256 17 12 49 0
Serafino Ghizzoni Wing 1977–87 60 59 1 77 17 0 0 3
Massimo Mascioletti Wing 1977–90 54 54 0 68 17 0 0 0
9. Ivan Francescato Centre 1990–97 38 38 0 77 16 0 0 0
10. Mauro Bergamasco Flanker 1998– 94 82 12 75 15 0 0 0

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 22 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 1991–2003 74 73 1 983 9 127 208 20
2. Stefano Bettarello Fly-half 1979–88 55 54 1 483 7 46 104 17
3. Luigi Troiani Fullback 1985–95 47 47 0 294 2 57 57 0
4. Ramiro Pez Fly-half 2000–07 40 33 7 260 4 33 52 6
5. Mirco Bergamasco Wing 2002–12 89 82 7 256 17 12 49 0
6. David Bortolussi Fullback 2006–08 16 15 1 147 1 32 25 1
7. Luciano Orquera Fly-half 2004- 42 26 16 133 3 17 26 2
Ennio Ponzi Fly-half 1973–77 20 20 0 133 0 17 31 2
8. Marcello Cuttitta Wing 1987–99 54 54 0 110 25 0 0 0
9. Paolo Vaccari Wing 1991–2003 64 63 1 107 22 0 0 0

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 08 June 2014. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [39]

Most points in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Stefano Bettarello Fly-half 29 1 2 5 2 23x15px Canada 23x15px Toronto 1 July 1982
Diego Domínguez Fly-half 29 0 1 6 3 23x15px Scotland 23x15px Rome 5 February 2000
Diego Domínguez Fly-half 29 0 4 7 0 23x15px Fiji 23x15px Treviso 10 November 2001
4. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 28 1 7 3 0 23x15px Netherlands 23x15px Calvisano 21 May 1994
5. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 27 1 2 6 0 23x15px Ireland 23x15px Bologna 20 December 1997
6. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 25 0 5 5 0 23x15px Romania 23x15px Tarbes 26 October 1997
7. Luigi Troiani Fly-half 24 0 12 0 0 23x15px Czech Republic 23x15px Viadana 18 May 1994
Diego Domínguez Fly-half 24 0 0 8 0 23x15px Romania 23x15px Catania 1 October 1994
Mirco Bergamasco Wing 24 0 0 8 0 23x15px Fiji 23x15px Modena 27 November 2010
10. 3 players on 23 points

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 22 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Renzo Cova Wing 12 4 0 0 0 23x15px Belgium 23x15px Paris 10 October 1937
Ivan Francescato Centre 20 4 0 0 0 23x15px Morocco 23x15px Carcassonne 19 June 1993
3. 14 players on 3 tries

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 22 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Sergio Parisse Number 8 2008– 50 11 39 0 22.00 38 7 0 0 1
2. Marco Bortolami Lock 2002–12 38 14 23 1 38.15 35 7 0 0 0
3. Marco Bollesan Number 8 1968–75 37 15 20 2 43.24 21 6 0 0 0
Massimo Giovanelli Flanker 1992–99 37 14 22 1 39.18 15 3 0 0 0
5. Massimo Cuttitta Prop 1993–99 22 10 12 0 45.45 15 3 0 0 0
6. Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 2000–07 21 7 14 0 33.33 25 5 0 0 0
7. Marzio Innocenti Flanker 1985–88 20 7 12 1 37.50 8 2 0 0 0
8. Alessandro Moscardi Hooker 2000–02 19 4 15 0 21.05 5 1 0 0 0
9. Ambrogio Bona Prop 1978–81 18 9 9 0 50.00 4 1 0 0 0
10. Fabrizio Gaetaniello Fullback 1982–83 11 7 3 1 68.18 4 1 0 0 0

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 22 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Youngest players

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Pietro Vinci IV Fly-half 16 years and 176 days 23x15px Spain 23x15px Barcelona 20 May 1929
2. Andrea Masi Fullback 18 years and 149 days 23x15px Spain 23x15px L'Aquila 26 August 1999
3. Sergio Parisse Number 8 18 years and 269 days 23x15px New Zealand 23x15px Hamilton 8 June 2002
4. Gianluca Limone Centre 18 years and 318 days 23x15px England U23 23x15px Brescia 16 May 1979
5. Massimo Trippitelli Lock 18 years and 338 days 23x15px Poland 23x15px Sochacewz 30 September 1979
6. Mirco Bergamasco (Fullback) 18 years and 344 days 23x15px France 23x15px Stade de France 2 February 2002
7. Rino Francescato Centre 18 years and 362 days 23x15px Spain 23x15px Rome 27 November 1976
8. Massimo Mascioletti Wing 19 years and 2 days 23x15px Morocco 23x15px Casablanca 6 March 1977
9. Francesco Vinci III Wing 19 years and 18 days 23x15px Spain 23x15px Barcelona 20 May 1929
10. Stefano Boccazzi Scrum-half 19 years and 27 days 23x15px Zimbabwe 23x15px Bulawayo 22 June 1985

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 22 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest players

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Sergio Lanfranchi Prop 38 years and 184 days 23x15px France 23x15px Parma 29 March 1964
2. Alessandro Bottacchiari Flanker 36 years and 328 days 23x15px Romania 23x15px Rome 1 October 1992
3. Andrea Lo Cicero Prop 36 years and 313 days 23x15px Ireland 23x15px Rome 16 March 2013
4. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 36 years and 303 days 23x15px Ireland 23x15px Rome 22 February 2003
5. Pietro Stievano Wing 36 years and 66 days 23x15px Germany 23x15px Milan 13 March 1955
6. Francesco Battaglini Flanker 36 years and 14 days 23x15px France 23x15px Rovigo 28 March 1948
7. Giancarlo Pivetta Hooker 36 years and 3 days 23x15px Spain 23x15px Perpignan 21 June 1993
8. Vincenzo Bertolotto Lock 35 years and 339 days 23x15px France 23x15px Rovigo 28 March 1948
9. Walter Cristofoletto Flanker 35 years and 304 days 23x15px France 23x15px Stade de France 1 April 2000
10. Franco Properzi Prop 35 years and 155 days 23x15px Wales 23x15px Rome 8 April 2001

Last updated: Italy vs Scotland, 22 June 2013. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

See also

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