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The future of Italian Rugby

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 18 Jan 2020, 07:57

A map with the venues of the JRWC (in blue), the venues of the 6N U20 (green), the venues of the women 6N (red), the venue of the national U20 academy (in yellow) and the venues of the Pro14 franchises (in black).
The central and southern fans are not very happy... It has anyway to be said that the main national team 6N games are always in Rome and that the recent stages of the various national teams (men, women, U20, men 7s) have been hosted not only by Calvisano and Parma (in the north) but also by Rome and Napoli

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 18 Jan 2020, 14:02

Coppa Italia, final match: Rovigo v Petrarca, on the field now

Live: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=2598377223718996

Rovigo never won the cup in his history

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Sat, 18 Jan 2020, 19:24

An impressive result for Zebre today. A very heavy loss for Calvisano. After this season I would like to see Calvisano replace Dragons in the Pro 14, with Dragons moving to the English Championship.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sun, 19 Jan 2020, 15:34

Rovigo won the national cup, 10-3 in the final game versus the old rival Petrarca Padova. Rain and mud, just one try in the whole match. These are some nice images recorded from the field just after the end of the game; Rovigo is in red&blue(&brown) shirt.
I heard during the match that there are two players from the World Cup in italian Top12, I didn't know: James Faiva (Tonga, Petrarca) and Lasha Lomidze (Georgia, Lazio). It's an honor for our championship


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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Mon, 27 Jan 2020, 11:19

The Top12 is not even at its half but the race to the play-off is definitively restricted to five teams: Rovigo (41), Valorugby (37), Calvisano (34), Fiamme Oro (33), Petrarca (28). Already too far Mogliano, Viadana, Florence and the other teams, with Lazio in bottom position and seriously risking the relegation after many years in the top category

Rovigo has never lost a game so far (they won also the national cup last week) but they don't seem dominating, they are just a little step over the rivals; all may still happen from here to the title final in may

This the individual scorers ranking so far
https://blog.rugby.it/?p=10740

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby 4N » Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 22:07

Braley to Treviso. Good news, having him and Allan play together at domestic level should be helpful.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Figaro » Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 12:56

Chester-Donnelly wrote:An impressive result for Zebre today. A very heavy loss for Calvisano. After this season I would like to see Calvisano replace Dragons in the Pro 14, with Dragons moving to the English Championship.


Well the Dragons have reached the Challenge Cup Quarterfinals, whilst Calvisano lost all their games. So yeah, why not. And let's throw in the Khazakhstani champions to replace Connacht, who can play in the Sri Lankan premiership instead.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 13:43

But then you would have an odd number of teams in the Sri Lankan championship :|

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Chester-Donnelly » Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 18:05

Figaro wrote:
Chester-Donnelly wrote:An impressive result for Zebre today. A very heavy loss for Calvisano. After this season I would like to see Calvisano replace Dragons in the Pro 14, with Dragons moving to the English Championship.


Well the Dragons have reached the Challenge Cup Quarterfinals, whilst Calvisano lost all their games. So yeah, why not. And let's throw in the Khazakhstani champions to replace Connacht, who can play in the Sri Lankan premiership instead.


Dragons are actually doing ok. It is Ospreys that should be replaced.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 07 Feb 2020, 18:41

In fact 16 teams is much better for the schedule... 18 matches for each team (15+3) would solve PRO14 fixtures problems as they dont want rounds clashing with national teams.
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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 08 Feb 2020, 11:05

Today the last round of the first half of the championship offers two big bangs between the leading four teams
Rovigo (42) v Valorugby (41)
Calvisano (35) v Fiamme Oro (38)

Both start at 15.00 (14 GMT) and will be live (geoblocked? I don't know) here
https://www.facebook.com/Federugby/vide ... 841090309/
https://www.facebook.com/Federugby/vide ... 481770184/

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Edgar » Wed, 12 Feb 2020, 09:15

Disappointing to see this this kind of thing happening:

It was the verbal insult that hit Maxime Mbanda the hardest, even after his car had been smashed and he was threatened with a crowbar.
The rugby star doesn't think of Italy as a racist country, but that can make the moments he is on the receiving end of abuse even harder to stomach.
Mbanda, a backrow forward who has played 20 times for the Italian national team, felt compelled to speak out on social media following an incident last year when he was cut up by another driver while visiting his parents in Milan.
"I did the wrong thing," Mbanda recalls to CNN Sport. "I stopped the car and got out.
"The first thing he said to me when he saw me he was like, 'f*cking n*gga go away and go back to your country.
"It was a phrase that I hadn't heard for years, maybe when I was 16 or 17."

Story continues here: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/01/28/spor ... index.html

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