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The future of Italian Rugby

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby jservuk » Sat, 09 Jun 2018, 16:55

Win for Japan.

Was this a full strength Italy side?

Does this mean Japan have a good chance of making the knock-out stages in 2019?

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Ser Podrick of Payne » Sat, 09 Jun 2018, 17:05

It was a pretty decent selection for Italy, at least bearing in mind their team form has been poor this year. Not sure how much Zanni plays in the 2nd row.


15 Matteo MINOZZI (Zebre Rugby Club, 8 caps) *

14 Tommaso BENVENUTI (Benetton Rugby, 50 caps) *

13 Michele CAMPAGNARO (Exeter Chiefs, 32 caps) *

12 Tommaso CASTELLO (Zebre Rugby Club, 10 caps)

11 Mattia BELLINI (Zebras Rugby Club, 13 caps) *

10 Tommaso ALLAN (Benetton Rugby, 38 caps)

9 Marcello VIOLI (Zebre Rugby Club, 13 caps) *

8 Abraham STEYN (Benetton Rugby, 19 caps)

7 Giovanni LICATA (Flame Gold Rugby, 5 caps) *

6 Sebastian NEGRI (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)

5 Dean BUDD (Benetton Rugby, 11 caps)

4 Alessandro ZANNI (Benetton Rugby, 104 caps)

3 Tiziano PASQUALI (Benetton Rugby, 7 caps)

2 Leonardo GHIRALDINI (Stade Toulousain, 94 caps) - captain

1 Andrea LOVOTTI (Zebre Rugby Club, 25 caps) *

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16 Luca BIGI (Benetton Rugby, 9 caps)

17 Federico ZANI (Benetton Rugby, 6 caps)

18 Giosuè ZILOCCHI (Patarò Calvisano, newcomer) *

19 George BIAGI (Zebre Rugby Club, 21 caps)

20 Marco FUSER (Benetton Rugby, 27 caps) *

21 Jake POLLEDRI (Gloucester Rugby, 1 cap)

22 Tito TEBALDI (Benetton Rugby, 23 caps)

23 Jayden HAYWARD (Benetton Rugby, 8 caps)

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby sk 88 » Sat, 09 Jun 2018, 18:41

jservuk wrote:Win for Japan.

Was this a full strength Italy side?

Does this mean Japan have a good chance of making the knock-out stages in 2019?



The match v Scotland will probably be crucial to that. I'm not sure if this result changes that or not.

It is Japan's record win versus a 6N side, so definitely a positive. Fingers crossed Japan will get the same "rub of the green" that T1 nations usually get at home and can make a real mark on the tournament.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby rey200 » Sat, 09 Jun 2018, 21:13

I have no doubts that Japan should be considered a T1 nation by now.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby dwpeate » Sun, 10 Jun 2018, 20:03

Interesting that Italy chose 6 forwards.
Anyone know if highlights are available? Nothing on youtube!

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby 4N » Sun, 10 Jun 2018, 20:41

Full match

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby rugby.change » Mon, 11 Jun 2018, 02:11

I bet Georgia are licking their lips over the upcoming November test against the Italians.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 05:38

PRO14 wants an Italian franchise in Rome (probably Zebre's relocation) and FIR is indeed studying it. The plan is to have rugby back to Flaminio stadium and even FIR's offices there after renovations (as the stadium is now abandoned): http://www.r1823.it/2018/06/25/gavazzi- ... ia-a-roma/
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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Figaro » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 07:30

victorsra wrote:PRO14 wants an Italian franchise in Rome (probably Zebre's relocation) and FIR is indeed studying it. The plan is to have rugby back to Flaminio stadium and even FIR's offices there after renovations (as the stadium is now abandoned): http://www.r1823.it/2018/06/25/gavazzi- ... ia-a-roma/


This, or something like it - if it's not Zebre it's Benetton, or a merger/scrapping of both teams into a single Roman franchise - gets rumoured pretty much every year, and usually never makes it beyond the Italian media. I'll believe it when it happens, or at least, not until we get substantially more solid evidence that it will. Though I will admit that Zebre's expedition match in Aquilla is the first indicator that they're serious about it, and certainly the fact it was the best attended ProX game in Italy won't have put them off.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 12:56

Well this time was FIR's president talking at least.
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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 29 Jun 2018, 14:37

More info with Gazzetta Dello Sport (Italy's main sports newspaper) interviewing Gavazzi (FIR's president): https://www.gazzetta.it/Rugby/29-06-201 ... resh_ce-cp

Roma diventerà anche sede di una terza franchigia?
«Treviso e Zebre, fino al 2021, resteranno sole. Poi, col Pro 14 che spinge e del quale nel 2019 diventeremo soci a tutti gli effetti, l’ipotesi diventerà tutt’altro che peregrina. Soprattutto col Flaminio a disposizione e senza dimenticare un possibile coinvolgimento del Tre Fontane. Milano? Manca un impianto e il Comune latita».


If my Italian is still ok, Rome will enter just after 2021. FIR doesn't want to relocate any team (so, Rome would be an expansion side). In 2019 FIR will be a PRO14 stakeholder.
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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Postby Canalina » Mon, 02 Jul 2018, 11:56

Tickets price for Italy v Georgia http://ticket.federugby.it/index.php?op ... Itemid=339

The selling should start this wednesday

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