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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Mon, 20 Apr 2020, 16:47

Treviso would probably return to the Italian Championship, where they've always played.
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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Mon, 11 May 2020, 18:12

Google translated from an Italian page reporting an article by "The Times"

"It is time for Italy to be thrown out of the Six Nations. For the benefit of the reputation of the tournament and, paradoxically, of Italy". Thus begins a long editorial of the authoritative English newspaper 'The Times' in which, despite the agreements made until 2024, the presence of the blues in the oval oldest tournament in the world is put in doubt.

"In 20 seasons and an half - writes the 'Times' - Italy has achieved 12 victories in 103 games, an average of one every almost nine matches. Furthermore, Italy has not been able to score this year a single point against Wales and Scotland, losing 42-0 in Cardiff and 17-0 in Rome: it is a clear sign that the tournament needs a substantial turnaround."

It is then recalled that the only other national team to have obtained the privilege of challenging the British and Irish teams was France: "they entered in 1910 and before being excluded in 1931 due to the extreme violence in the game and because at club level they paid the players, they had made 12 victories in 17 editions of the competition: the average was therefore a success every five games, higher than that of the Italians now.
Then France took time, but in the mid-1950s it emerged as a power, winning titles. He had to wait until 1968 to make the Grand Slam, but it was worth it. The Bleus have added panache and originality to the game of rugby."

The theory of this editorial is that such progress seems precluded to Italy ("Italy does not show the slightest sign that they could become the 21st century France"), and therefore it would be better to return to measure yourself "in a competition in which they are favored, and not in one where they are dominated and beaten heavily. Romania and Georgia represent the level of competitiveness of their standards ".

After defining "an old cliché", the fact that it is much better to spend a "long weekend in Rome instead of Bucharest or Tbilisi", and hoping that he will return to the Five Nations, is reiterated that "gently expelling Italy would good for the tournament, for the reputation of the sport and of Italy itself ".


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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby sk 88 » Mon, 11 May 2020, 18:28

Article was by Stuart Barnes, prominent rugby writer and TV commentator, formerly a very good fly half for Bath and England who toured with the Lions in 1993.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby 4N » Mon, 11 May 2020, 19:21

This seems like an argument that peaked a few years ago. They aren’t going to mess with the format when things are very vulnerable post-covid and Italy are actually showing some promising signs. They probably have their best group of young players since the early 2000s (Polledri, Negri, Cannone, Minozzi etc) and the U20s have been very competitive. The 9 & 10 for Italy U20 look especially talented which has been a weak point for them, particularly flyhalf since Dominguez retired.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby sk 88 » Mon, 11 May 2020, 20:02

Barnes is just writing semi-trolling columns in the lock down. Done a few that are basically "Let's go back to the 90s".

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Mon, 11 May 2020, 20:36

That article sounded no outraging to me; to talk about an Italy defenestration is not blasphemous, I know that in twenty years we still haven't properly demonstrated to be part of the 6N history so I think that it's legit a debate about our permanence.
Anyway, as 4N wrote, this is probably one of the most promising moments for Italy, mostly at underage level, so that article seems a bit out of date.
I agree with the point about Romania and Georgia; I'd like to see more frequently (let's say once every two years) a game between Italy and Romania or Georgia. At the end of the day, they are European champions and vice-champions. With the fact that in summer Italy tour an other continent and in autumn we receive the nations of other continents, we end to play almost never with european teams outside 6N

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Armchair Fan » Mon, 11 May 2020, 20:42

sk 88 wrote:Barnes is just writing semi-trolling columns in the lock down. Done a few that are basically "Let's go back to the 90s".

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Bogdan_DC » Wed, 13 May 2020, 08:03

Great player but very annoying writer. Also very wrong for putting Italy and Romania in the same basket.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Higgik » Wed, 13 May 2020, 16:43

Canalina wrote:That article sounded no outraging to me; to talk about an Italy defenestration is not blasphemous, I know that in twenty years we still haven't properly demonstrated to be part of the 6N history so I think that it's legit a debate about our permanence.
Anyway, as 4N wrote, this is probably one of the most promising moments for Italy, mostly at underage level, so that article seems a bit out of date.
I agree with the point about Romania and Georgia; I'd like to see more frequently (let's say once every two years) a game between Italy and Romania or Georgia. At the end of the day, they are European champions and vice-champions. With the fact that in summer Italy tour an other continent and in autumn we receive the nations of other continents, we end to play almost never with european teams outside 6N

Like the idea of using the Autumn to play other European teams.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Chester-Donnelly » Wed, 13 May 2020, 17:36

Higgik wrote:
Canalina wrote:That article sounded no outraging to me; to talk about an Italy defenestration is not blasphemous, I know that in twenty years we still haven't properly demonstrated to be part of the 6N history so I think that it's legit a debate about our permanence.
Anyway, as 4N wrote, this is probably one of the most promising moments for Italy, mostly at underage level, so that article seems a bit out of date.
I agree with the point about Romania and Georgia; I'd like to see more frequently (let's say once every two years) a game between Italy and Romania or Georgia. At the end of the day, they are European champions and vice-champions. With the fact that in summer Italy tour an other continent and in autumn we receive the nations of other continents, we end to play almost never with european teams outside 6N

Like the idea of using the Autumn to play other European teams.


The bottom Six Nations team should play the REC Champion every year in my opinion.

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Re: The future of Italian Rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Sat, 23 May 2020, 12:35

In half an hour the Italian Federation will re-transmit the 2018 Florence game between Italy and Georgia



On youtube there's also the one only previous game between Azzurri and Lelos, 2003 in Asti
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgfj1BYBC4k
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AvkSZfjBRg

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