This article is about the Italian Rugby Union Team. This article will give you all the basic information about the Italian rugby union team, its management, history and important things and events related to it.
All about Italian Rugby Union Team
Before we get into the major details about the Italian rugby union team, let us have some knowledge about some of the basics which the team carries. As you probably know that it is because of the entry by the Italian rugby union team the famous and popular ‘Five Nations Tournament’ had to change its format and also the name and it became the ‘Six Nations Tournament’ at the end of the last millennium. Since the entry Italy is the integral part of the tournament and it has also participated in all the IRB Rugby Union World Cups till date. So let us know more about the Italian Rugby Union Team.
Basic Information about Italian Rugby Union Team
Union: Italian Rugby Union Federation (Federazion Italiana Rugby)
Nickname: Azzurri (the Sky Blues)
Home Ground: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy
Most Caps: Marco Bortolami – 107 Caps
Top Scorer: Diego Dominguez – 983 Points
Most Tries: Marcello Cuttitla – 25 Tries
Current Captain: Sergio Parisse
Current Coach: Jaques Brunel
First International Match: Vs Spain on 20th May 1929 | Result: Spain 9 – Italy 0
Largest Win: Vs Czech Republic on 18th May 1994 | Result: Czech Republic 8 – Italy 104
Largest Defeat: Vs South Africa on 19th June 1999 | Result: South Africa 101 – Italy 0
Performance in IRB Rugby Union World Cups: 7 appearances two wins each in group stages in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
More about Italian Rugby Union Team
Better known as Azzurri (The Sky Blues), the Italian Rugby Union Team was considered to be the best possible force outside the Five Nations Rugby teams of the Europe. The Italian ruby union team played its first ever international game against Spain in 1929 and since then it has been one of the middle performed team in the world of rugby.
It was Italy’s entry which forced the restructure of the Five Nations’ Rugby Tournament. Although since its debut in the tournament, Italy’s performance is not so good if it is not dismal. Although in last few years the team has managed to win some of the memorable wins at least in their home. They are the holders of the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy in 2013, the tournament which is held between Italy and France.
Italian rugby union team has yet to go beyond the first round in the IRB Rugby Union World Cup. They have managed to win two games and lose two in last three world cups consecutively. But you can certainly not take them lightly as the team has been ranked in the top 10 teams of the world by IRB.