Italy national rugby union team

Italy national rugby union team

Italy
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Nickname(s) Azzurri (Sky-Blues)
Ground(s) Stadio Olimpico
Coach(es) Jacques Brunel
Captain(s) Sergio Parisse
Most caps Sergio Parisse (112)
Top scorer Diego Dominguez (983)
Most tries Marcello Cuttitta (25)
First international
 Spain 9 – 0 Italy 
(20 May 1929)
Largest win
 Czech Republic 8 – 104 Italy 
(18 May 1994)
Largest defeat
 South Africa 101–0 Italy 
(19 June 1999)
World Cup
Appearances 7 (First in 1987)
Best result Two wins during pool stages, 2003, 2007 and 2011

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 14th in the world by the IRB as of 8 August 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]

Contents

  • History 1
    • Early history: 1911–34 1.1
    • 1945–99 1.2
    • Six Nations era: 2000–present 1.3
  • Stadium & Attendance 2
  • Strip 3
  • Palmarès 4
  • Record 5
    • Overall 5.1
    • Six Nations 5.2
    • Rugby World Cup 5.3
    • European championships 5.4
      • Thirties wins 5.4.1
      • The fifties: the European Cup, Italian positions 5.4.2
      • The Nations Cup 1966–73 5.4.3
      • The FIRA Trophy 1974–97 5.4.4
  • Players and Coaches 6
    • Current squad 6.1
    • Coaches 6.2
  • Individual all-time records 7
    • Most caps 7.1
    • Most tries 7.2
    • Most points 7.3
    • Most points in a match 7.4
    • Most tries in a match 7.5
    • Most matches as captain 7.6
    • Youngest players 7.7
    • Oldest players 7.8
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • Bibliography 10
  • External links 11

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.

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 (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

  • Federazione Italiana Rugby official site

External links

  • Pacitti Paolo, Fama "Pino" Giuseppe , Ciambelli Matteo (2012). La Maglia e L'Ovale (iBook). CFP. 

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References

See also

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

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

Oldest players

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

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

Youngest players

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

# 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

Most matches as captain

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

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

Most tries in a match

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

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

Most points in a match

Last updated: Italy vs Wales, 21 March 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [37]

# 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 2004-2015 48 27 21 154 3 20 31 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

Most points

Last updated: Italy vs Ireland, 04 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

# 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 1998–2015 106 90 16 75 15 0 0 0

Most tries

Last updated: Italy vs France, 19 September 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [37]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
1. Martin Castrogiovanni Prop 2002– 115 90 24 60 12 0 0 0 29 84 1 25.87
2. Sergio Parisse Number 8 2002– 114 111 3 68 13 0 0 1 31 82 1 27.19
3. Marco Bortolami Lock 2001–15 112 92 20 35 7 0 0 0 29 82 1 26.33
4. Andrea Lo Cicero Prop 2000–13 103 79 24 40 8 0 0 0 32 70 1 31.55
5. Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 1994–2007 101 94 7 95 19 0 0 0 33 67 1 33.16
6. Mauro Bergamasco Flanker 1998–2015 106 90 16 75 15 0 0 0 30 76 0 28.30
7. Mirco Bergamasco Wing 2002–12 89 82 7 256 17 12 49 0 22 66 1 25.28
8. Gonzalo Canale Centre 2003– 86 76 10 35 7 0 0 0 27 58 1 31.97
9. Carlo Checchinato Number 8 1990–2004 83 73 10 105 21 0 0 0 31 51 1 37.95
10. Andrea Masi Fullback 2000– 95 82 13 65 13 0 0 0 23 72 0 24.21

Most caps

Individual all-time records

Name From to P W D L % W/P
 Arnaldo Cortese
 John Thomas
20 May 1929 1 0 0 1 0
 Arturo Cameroni
 Luigi Bricchi
29 May 1930 1 1 0 0 100
 Luigi Bricchi 1 November 1932 26 December 1934 4 3 0 1 75
 Luigi Bricchi
 Julien Saby
26 December 1934 7 April 1935 1 1 0 0 100
 Julien Saby 7 April 1935 14 May 1936 2 0 0 2 0
 Luigi Bricchi
 Michel Boucheron
14 May 1936 16 May 1936 2 1 0 1 50
 Luigi Bricchi
 Julien Saby
1 January 1937 17 October 1937 5 2 1 2 40
 Luigi Bricchi 6 March 1938 20 November 1938 1 0 0 1 0
 Luigi Bricchi
 Giuseppe Sessa
20 November 1938 19 March 1940 2 1 0 1 50
 Romano Bonifazi 19 March 1940 9 February 1941 2 1 0 1 50
 Luigi Bricchi
 Franco Chiaserotti
9 February 1941 2 May 1942
 Luigi Bricchi
 Franco Chiaserotti
2 May 1942 1 1 0 0 100
 Tommaso Fattori 18 May 1947 27 March 1949 2 1 0 1 50
 Giorgio Briasco
 Antonio Radicini
27 March 1949 26 February 1950 2 0 0 2 0
 Romano Bonifazi 26 February 1950 29 July 1950
 Francesco Vinci 29 July 1950 4 October 1950
 Renzo Maffioli 4 October 1950 25 February 1951
 Renzo Maffioli
 Julien Saby
25 February 1951 1º August 1954 9 6 0 3 66,7
 Piermarcello Farinelli
 Aldo Invernici
 Umberto Silvestri
1 August 1954 22 December 1956 8 5 0 3 62,5
 Giulio Fereoli
 Aldo Invernici
 Umberto Silvestri
22 December 1956 8 December 1957 2 1 0 1 50
 Sergio Barilari
 Aldo Invernici
 Umberto Silvestri
8 December 1957 19 July 1958 1 0 0 1 0
 Sergio Barilari
 Mario Battaglini
 Aldo Invernici
19 July 1958 10 April 1960 2 1 0 1 50
 Sergio Barilari
 Romano Bonifazi
10 April 1960 22 April 1962 4 2 0 2 50
 Aldo Invernici 22 April 1962 8 December 1965 7 2 0 5 28,5
 Sergio Barilari
 Mario Martone
8 December 1965 28 October 1967 7 3 1 3 42,8
 Aldo Invernici 28 October 1967 24 May 1970 8 7 0 1 87,5
 Giordano Campice 24 May 1970 25 October 1970 2 2 0 0 100
 Sergio Barilari 25 October 1970 10 April 1971 3 0 0 3 0
 Guglielmo Geremia 11 April 1971 27 May 1971 1 0 0 1 0
 Aldo Invernici 28 May 1971 19 February 1972
 Umberto Levorato 20 February 1972 25 November 1972 4 1 2 1 25
 Gianni Villa 26 November 1972 14 February 1975 20 6 1 13 30
 Roy Bish 15 February 1975 1º April 1977 15 8 1 6 53,3
 Isidoro Quaglio 2 April 1977 1º May 1977 2 1 0 1 50
 Gwyn Evans 23 October 1977 23 October 1978 5 1 1 3 20
 Pierre Villepreux 24 October 1978 24 October 1981 24 10 1 13 41,6
 Paolo Paladini
 Marco Pulli
25 October 1981 9 November 1985 28 16 2 10 57,14
 Marco Bollesan 10 November 1985 4 November 1988 19 7 1 11 36,8
 Loreto Cucchiarelli 5 November 1988 29 September 1989 7 1 0 6 14,3
 Loreto Cucchiarelli
 Bertrand Fourcade
29 September 1989 31 December 1989 2 1 0 1 50
 Bertrand Fourcade 1 January 1990 30 August 1993 27 16 0 11 59,3
Georges Coste 31 August 1993 19 June 1999 48 19 1 28 39,6
 Massimo Mascioletti 20 June 1999 19 November 1999 5 2 0 3 40
 Brad Johnstone 20 November 1999 26 April 2002 27 5 0 22 18,5
 John Kirwan 27 April 2002 18 April 2005 32 10 0 22 31,3
 Pierre Berbizier 19 April 2005 30 September 2007 30 12 1 17 40
 Nick Mallett 3 October 2007 30 October 2011 42 9 0 33 21,4
 Jacques Brunel 1 November 2011 45 11 0 34 24,4

Coaches

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Leonardo Ghiraldini Hooker (1984-12-26) 26 December 1984 80 Leicester Tigers
Davide Giazzon Hooker (1986-01-16) 16 January 1986 24 Benetton Treviso
Andrea Manici Hooker (1990-04-28) 28 April 1990 16 Zebre
Matías Agüero Prop (1981-02-13) 13 February 1981 40 Unattached
Martin Castrogiovanni Prop (1981-10-21) 21 October 1981 115 Racing
Dario Chistolini Prop (1988-09-14) 14 September 1988 13 Zebre
Lorenzo Cittadini Prop (1982-12-17) 17 December 1982 44 Wasps
Michele Rizzo Prop (1982-09-16) 16 September 1982 22 Leicester Tigers
Valerio Bernabò Lock (1984-03-03) 3 March 1984 27 Zebre
Joshua Furno Lock (1989-10-21) 21 October 1989 35 Newcastle Falcons
Marco Fuser Lock (1991-03-09) 9 March 1991 6 Benetton Treviso
Quintin Geldenhuys Lock (1981-06-19) 19 June 1981 61 Zebre
Mauro Bergamasco Flanker (1979-05-01) 1 May 1979 106 Unattached
Simone Favaro Flanker (1988-11-07) 7 November 1988 27 Glasgow Warriors
Francesco Minto Flanker (1987-05-20) 20 May 1987 23 Benetton Treviso
Samuela Vunisa Flanker (1988-08-19) 19 August 1988 11 Saracens
Alessandro Zanni Flanker (1984-01-31) 31 January 1984 94 Benetton Treviso
Sergio Parisse (c) Number 8 (1983-09-12) 12 September 1983 114 Stade Français
Edoardo Gori Scrum-half (1990-03-05) 5 March 1990 47 Benetton Treviso
Guglielmo Palazzani Scrum-half (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 15 Zebre
Marcello Violi Scrum-half (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 2 Zebre
Tommaso Allan Fly-half (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 21 Perpignan
Carlo Canna Fly-half (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 7 Zebre
Enrico Bacchin Centre (1992-11-28) 28 November 1992 5 Benetton Treviso
Tommaso Benvenuti Centre (1990-12-12) 12 December 1990 34 Bristol
Michele Campagnaro Centre (1993-03-13) 13 March 1993 18 Exeter Chiefs
Gonzalo Garcia Centre (1984-02-18) 18 February 1984 39 Zebre
Leonardo Sarto Wing (1992-01-15) 15 January 1992 23 Zebre
Giovanbattista Venditti Wing (1990-03-27) 27 March 1990 33 Newcastle Falcons
Michele Visentin Wing (1991-12-13) 13 December 1991 1 Zebre
Luke McLean Fullback (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 75 Benetton Treviso
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.
  • Caps updated: 11 October 2015

Head Coach: Jacques Brunel

On 21 September, Michele Visentin was called up to the squad to replace Andrea Masi after suffering an injury during Italy's opening game with France.[36]

On 10 September, Enrico Bacchin was called up to the squad to replace the injured Luca Morisi.[35]

On 1 September, Simone Favaro was called up to the squad to replace the injured Angelo Esposito.[34]

On 24 August, head coach Jacques Brunel announced his 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[33]

Current squad

Players and Coaches

Year Winner Second place Third place
1974/1975
Romania

France

Italy
1975/1976
France

Italy

Romania
1976/1977
Romania

France

Italy
1979/1980
France

Romania

Italy
1981/1982
France

Italy

Romania
1982/1983
Romania

Italy

Soviet Union
1983/1984
France

Romania

Italy
1984/1985
France

Soviet Union

Italy
1990/1992
France

Italy

Romania
1992/1994
France

Italy

Romania
1995/1997
Italy

France

Romania

The FIRA Trophy 1974–97

Year Winner Second place Third place
1965/1966
France

Italy

Romania
1966/1967
France

Romania

Italy
1969/1970
France

Romania

Italy

The Nations Cup 1966–73

Year Winner Second place Third place
1952
France

Italy

West Germany
1954
France

Italy

Spain

The fifties: the European Cup, Italian positions

Year Host city Winner Second place Third place
1936 Berlin
France

Germany

Italy
1937 Paris
France

Italy

Germany

Thirties wins

Team First place Second place Third place
 Italy 1 9 8

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.

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

European championships

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.

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.

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
1987 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 40 110 Automatically qualified
1991 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 57 76 3 3 0 0 83 38
1995 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 69 94 4 3 0 1 210 52
1999 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 35 196 6 5 0 1 302 92
2003 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 77 123 2 2 0 0 75 20
2007 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 85 117 2 2 0 0 150 7
2011 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 92 95 Automatically qualified
2015 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 74 88
Total 8/8 28 11 0 17 529 899 17 15 0 2 820 209

Rugby World Cup

 
England

France

Ireland

Italy

Scotland

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

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.

Six Nations

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 20 5 14 1 25.00% 344 496 -152
 Australia 16 0 16 0 0.00% 217 565 -348
 Australia XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 36 75 -39
 Belgium 2 2 0 0 100.00% 75 0 +75
 Border Bulldogs 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 25 -13
 Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 100.00% 17 0 +17
 Canada 8 6 2 0 75.00% 226 110 +116
Catalonia 2 1 0 1 50% 10 8 +2
 Cook Islands 1 0 1 0 0.00% 6 15 -9
 Croatia 1 1 0 0 100.00% 76 11 +65
 Czech Republic 1 1 0 0 100.00% 104 8 +96
 Czechoslovakia 11 9 1 1 81.82% 162 54 +108
 England 21 0 21 0 0.00% 266 842 -576
 England XV 1 0 0 1 0.00% 15 15 +0
England B 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 21 -12
England U23 3 1 1 1 33.33% 31 42 -11
 Fiji 10 5 5 0 50.00% 244 243 +1
 France 37 3 34 0 8.11% 392 1101 -709
 France XV 30 1 28 1 3.33% 289 751 -462
France Espoirs 1 0 1 0 0.00% 18 21 -3
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 100.00% 31 22 +9
 Germany 6 2 4 0 33.33% 27 54 -27
 Ireland 25 4 21 0 16.00% 391 788 -397
 Japan 6 5 1 0 83.33% 199 90 +109
 Leopards 3 2 1 0 66.66% 55 46 +9
 Madagascar 2 2 0 0 100.00% 26 15 +11
 Middlesex 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 28 -16
 Morocco 8 6 2 0 75.00% 184 52 +132
 Golden Lions 1 0 1 0 0.00% 24 28 -4
 Namibia 3 1 2 0 33.00% 75 74 +1
 Natal Sharks 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 23 -20
 Netherlands 4 4 0 0 100.00% 178 27 +151
 New Zealand 12 0 12 0 0.00% 118 686 -568
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 18 -6
 Junior All Blacks 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 30 -17
 North-Eastern Cape 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 31 -19
 Northern Free State 1 0 1 0 0.00% 11 12 -1
 Oxfordshire 1 0 1 0 0.00% 6 30 -24
 Pacific Islanders 1 0 1 0 0.00% 17 25 -8
 Poland 7 6 1 0 85.71% 165 49 +116
 Portugal 12 10 1 1 83.33% 333 71 +262
 Romania 42 23 16 3 54.76% 609 634 -25
 Russia 4 4 0 0 100.00% 198 61 +137
 Samoa 7 2 5 0 28.57% 109 175 -66
 Scotland 25 8 17 0 32.00% 435 588 -153
 Scotland A 3 1 2 0 33.33% 51 55 -4
 Serbia and Montenegro 3 3 0 0 100.00% 60 22 +38
 South Africa 12 0 12 0 0.00% 145 599 -454
 Soviet Union 14 4 9 1 28.57% 171 165 +6
 Spain 27 23 3 1 85.19% 581 187 +394
 Steval Pumas 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 39 -27
 Sussex 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 16 -9
 Tonga 4 3 1 0 75.00% 137 63 +74
 Tunisia 3 3 0 0 100.00% 60 19 +41
 United States 4 4 0 0 100.00% 130 54 +76
 Uruguay 3 3 0 0 100.00% 92 25 +67
 Wales 23 2 20 1 8.70% 386 748 -362
 West Germany 14 13 0 1 92.86% 226 69 +157
 Zimbabwe 4 3 1 0 75.00% 74 67 +7
Total 462 178 270 14 38.53% 7924 10188 -2264

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by an Italy national XV at test level up until 11 October 2015.[32]

Overall

Top 25 rankings as on 1 November 2015[31]
Rank Change* Team Points
1  New Zealand 96.10
2  Australia 89.33
3  South Africa 87.66
4  Wales 83.49
5  Argentina 82.59
6  Ireland 81.17
7  France 79.77
8  England 79.77
9  Scotland 77.94
10  Japan 77.05
11  Fiji 76.96
12  Italy 72.74
13  Tonga 71.60
14  Georgia 71.45
15  Samoa 70.36
16  United States 68.66
17  Romania 66.59
18  Canada 62.65
19  Uruguay 62.11
20  Namibia 61.75
21  Spain 61.54
22  Russia 61.10
23  Chile 57.34
24  Hong Kong 57.31
25  South Korea 56.70
*Change from the previous week
Italy's Historical Rankings
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 1 November 2015[31]

Record

Competition Total
Olympic Games 0 0 0 0
World Championship 0 0 0 0
European Championship 1 9 8 18
Total 1 9 8 18

Palmarès

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1996 – 1997 Reebok No shirt sponsor
1998 – 1999 None
1999 Cotton Oxford
2000 Six Nations - 2000 mid year international Canterbury Alliance UniChem
2000 end of year internationals - 2002 mid year tests Kappa
2002 end of year internationals – 2006 end of year internationals Jaguar
2007 Six Nations championship - 2012 mid year internationals Cariparma
2012 end of year internationals - present Adidas

Italy play in blue jerseys.

Strip

  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).
The Stadio Olimpico in Rome, current home of the Italian rugby team.

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. 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:

Stadium & Attendance

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]

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 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 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.

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

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]

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.

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.

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]

Italy contesting a lineout with Scotland during the 2012 Six Nations

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.

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.

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 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'.

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

Six Nations era: 2000–present

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]

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]

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.

The current badge on the Italy jersey

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.

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.

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