Italy national rugby union team

The Italian rugby union team (also known by her nickname Azzurri ) represent Italy at international level in the sport of Rugby Union. It will in particular at the world championships since 2000 and participated in the Six Nations tournament. The organizational responsibility carries the Federazione Italiana Rugby. Their home games wearing the team usually in the Stadio Flaminio in Rome.

  • 3.1 World Championships
  • 3.2 European Championships
  • 3.3 Six Nations
  • 4.1 Current squad
  • 4.2 Major Players


Early years

The view that Rugby Union in Italy had been introduced by French students at the University of Milan in 1911, is widely used. It is true that living in Genoa Britons the game already exercised 1890-1895. The first detectable rugby union match in Italy took place in 1910; while there was a meeting between the Racing Club Paris and Servette Geneva, which was held in Turin. The company, which had organized the game, broke up immediately again, but soon the game spread in Milan. The first game, in which an Italian team was involved, 1911 was the match between U.S. Milanese and the team from the French city of Voiron. On 25 July of the same year was established a " Propaganda Committee " was created from the 1928 Italian Federation of Rugby ( FIR).

The first Italian championship was staged in 1929 and that same year played for the first time an Italian team; the game against Spain in Barcelona was lost with 0:9. After the founding of the International Association FIRA -AER in 1934, the popularity of rugby union grew rapidly in Italy, especially in Lombardy. The Second World War interrupted the operation of gambling.

After 1945

After the war, Veneto developed more and more to the Italian rugby stronghold, the championship was dominated by teams from Padua, Rovigo and Treviso, other strongholds were Parma and L' Aquila. The national team participated regularly in the European Championships, but had mostly France and Romania admit defeat. A quality improvement learned the Italian rugby in the 1970s, as many foreign players and coaches who worked with Italian clubs.

From 1980, Italy pursued the goal to participate in the prestigious Five Nations Championship. This goal moved regularly with good results against teams like Romania and Spain, and occasional victories against top teams such as France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland closer.

In 1987 the Italians took part for the first time in a World Championship. Before, they could qualify for the finals every time, but for the next round in the quarter-finals is still never enough. 1992 and 1996 they secured the European title. When the English Association, the Rugby Football Union, 1996 an exclusive agreement graduated with a pay-TV broadcaster Sky, threatened the England team was expelled from the Five Nations Championship. As a substitute, Italy was provided. The exclusion could be averted, since a new contract was negotiated.

Six Nations

With the inclusion of Italy, the Five Nations Championship in 2000 was expanded to Six Nations. The Italians won the opening match against Scotland, the tournament winner of the previous year, with 34:20. In the tournaments in 2001 and 2002, the Italians lost all matches in 2003 and 2004, they each won a game.

After another winless tournament in 2005, the Italians made ​​for a surprise when they beat Argentina away with 30:29. They were thus in this year the only Six Nations team that defeated a team from the southern hemisphere. 2007 Italy won the first two Six Nations games and reached the fourth closing rank the best ever placement. In the next two tournaments, however, one was twice Last, while in 2008 scored a victory against Scotland.


As of February 12, 2011


World Championships

  • World Cup 1987: 1 victory in the first round
  • World Cup 1991: 1 victory in the first round
  • World Cup 1995: 1 victory in the first round
  • World Cup 1999: Preliminary round (no win)
  • World Cup 2003: 2 wins in the first round
  • World Cup 2007: 2 wins in the first round
  • World Cup 2011: 2 wins in the first round

European Championships

  • European Champions: 1992, 1996
  • 2nd place: 1952, 1954, 1967, 1976, 1982, 1983, 1992
  • 3rd place: 1966, 1970, 1975, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985

Six Nations

  • First participation in 2000, not a tournament victory


Current squad

The following players form the squad during the Six Nations 2011:

Known player

  • Marcello Cuttitta
  • Denis Dallan
  • Santiago Dellape
  • Diego Domínguez
  • Carlo Festuccia
  • Ivan Francescato
  • Andrea Lo Cicero
  • Andrea Masi
  • Alessandro Moscardi
  • Fabio Ongaro
  • Sergio Parisse
  • Aaron Persico
  • Salvatore Perugini
  • Ramiro Pez
  • Cristian Stoica
  • Alessandro Troncon
  • Luigi Troiani
  • Paolo Vaccari