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The future of Italian Rugby

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby 4N » Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 14:58

Italy coach in waiting Rob Howley in trouble for betting on matches. They dodged a bullet here IMO, it would be an odd hire.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rugbyuni ... ley-japan/

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby amz » Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 15:04

4N wrote:Italy coach in waiting Rob Howley in trouble for betting on matches. They dodged a bullet here IMO, it would be an odd hire.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/rugbyuni ... ley-japan/


O'Shea is in charge from 2 years and already change him? Somehow I missed this news.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby 4N » Tue, 17 Sep 2019, 15:16

It was reported last week that he would be replacing COS. The latter has been linked to a role with the RFU in England.

https://www.onrugby.it/2019/09/10/itali ... -dal-2020/

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby ihateblazers » Tue, 15 Oct 2019, 04:48

Credit to a comment I saw on the youtube highlights of the Scotland v Japan game, having seen Japan's success this world cup, can Italy take inspiration from it moving forward. Even with O'Shea's work with the academies, a lack of identity in terms of playing style seems to be an issue. Set piece dominance alone is not enough, as we have seen with recent developments in the game and even this is no longer a strength of the team. Why Italy hasn't been able to develop better goal and on field kickers has always puzzled me. Does an emphasis on athleticism and strength at academy level hinder the development of the player pool? Should there be a shift toward tactical and skill improvements instead. Where is Italy's point of difference.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby sk 88 » Fri, 15 Nov 2019, 20:16

https://www.onrugby.it/2019/11/13/pro14 ... -scartare/

Padova to replace Zebre in the Pro14?

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 15 Nov 2019, 22:48

This is bad news for one club: Rovigo. And by consequence local Top12. They'd lose both local rivals to PRO14 (Benetton before, now Petrarca...). The Veneto Derby is a highlight in the Italian league...
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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Edinburra » Sat, 16 Nov 2019, 18:30

Interesting article , https://www.onrugby.it/2019/11/13/pro14 ... -scartare/

I can see the benefits of creating a Venetian derby but thought Italy were wanting to add more teams.
Also , I noted there was another reference to adding two more South African teams . Heard this a while ago so good to see this raised again

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby ihateblazers » Sat, 14 Dec 2019, 05:06

Does anyone know what sort of wages FIR are paying players in Zebre and Treviso? Obviously the teams are not able to pay t1 wages based on their own revenue. The FIR's budget has increased, largely due to playing in the Olimpico. But If the FIR are competing with French and English wages to keep players in Italy, is it really worth it? Surely it would be more cost effective to instead invest in grassroots clubs and regional academies for top clubs and lose the best players to foreign leagues if they get offers, where they will be playing with top players from around the world.

I don't understand rugby union's obsession with subsidising club rugby or outright paying for it from the international game.

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