Italy national rugby union team

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Italy
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Nickname(s)Gli Azzurri (The Blues)
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Head coach Kieran Crowley
Captain Luca Bigi
Most caps Sergio Parisse (142)
Top scorer Diego Dominguez (983)
Top try scorer Marcello Cuttitta (25)
Home stadium Stadio Olimpico
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World Rugby ranking
Current14 (as of 14 November 2020)
Highest8 (2007)
Lowest15 (2015 and 2017)
First international
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 9–0 ItalyFlag of Italy.svg
(Barcelona, Spain; 20 May 1929)
Biggest win
Flag of Italy.svgItaly 104–8 Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
(Viadana, Italy, 18 May 1994)
Biggest defeat
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 101–0 ItalyFlag of Italy.svg
(Durban, South Africa, 19 June 1999)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1987 )
Best resultPool stage, 1987, 1991, 1995, 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019
Website www.federugby.it

The Italy national rugby union team (Italian: Squadra nazionale italiana di rugby) represents Italy in men's international rugby union. The team is known as gli Azzurri (the Blues). Savoy blue is the common colour of the national teams representing Italy, as it is the traditional colour of the royal House of Savoy which reigned over the Kingdom of Italy from 1860 to 1946.

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Italy has played international rugby since 1929, and for decades was considered one of the best European teams outside the Five Nations Championship. Since 2000, Italy has competed annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In 2013, they were holders of the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy which is played annually between Italy and France. Italy is ranked 14th in the world by the IRB as of 30 September 2019.

Italian rugby rose to prominence in 2000 when it was added to the Five Nations, creating the Six Nations. Initially on the receiving end of some heavy defeats, the side has grown in competitiveness, recording a fourth-place finish in 2007 and 2013, and one-sided defeats have become less frequent. The Azzurri have shown respectable results when playing at home in recent years: they defeated France 22–21 in the 2011 Six Nations; and during the 2013 Six Nations, they again beat France 23–18, [1] also defeating Ireland 22–15. [2] However, Italy has not won a Six Nations match since their 22–19 away win against Scotland in Round 3 of the 2015 tournament, losing every game since; this equates to a losing run of 30 matches.

Italy has competed at every Rugby World Cup since the first tournament in 1987, where Italy played the inaugural game against New Zealand, but is yet to progress beyond the first round. The team has developed a reputation for being a consistent middle player at the tournament. Italy's results since the inception of a new group stage formula in 2003 have consistently followed a pattern of two wins against Tier 2 teams and two losses against Tier 1 ones; in 2019 however, the game against New Zealand was cancelled due to typhoon Hagibis.

The current head coach is Kieran Crowley, and the captain is currently Luca Bigi. [3]

History

Early history: 1911–34

The first match played by an Italian XV was in 1911 between US Milanese and Voiron of France. On 25 July of the same year the "Propaganda Committee" was formed which in 1928 became the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) (Italian Rugby Federation).

In May 1929, Italy played their first international losing 0–9 against Spain in Barcelona. In 1934, Italy was one of the founder members of FIRA, today's Rugby Europe; the others were France, Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Catalonia, Romania, Holland and Germany. [4]

1945–85

World War II meant a hiatus for Italian rugby union, as it did in other rugby-playing nations. Post-war, there was a desire to return to normal and Italian rugby union entered a new dimension thanks to the help of Allied troops in Italy.

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Lineup of the Italy national rugby union team vs France, 1975

In the 1970s and 1980s rugby union made enormous progress thanks to great foreign players (John Kirwan, Naas Botha, David Campese, Michael Lynagh) and coaches (Julien Saby, Roy Bish, Greenwood, Nelie Smith) in the Italian championship. Even foreign coaches were and continue to be chosen for the national team, like Bertrande Fourcade and Georges Coste. In 1973, the national team went on a tour of South Africa, coached by ex-Springbok prop Amos Du Plooey. Tours of England and Scotland followed, as well as games against Australia and New Zealand, the masters of their day. In 1978, Italy first played Argentina at Rovigo, winning 19–6.

1986–99

Since the mid 1980s, Italy had been pursuing the ambition of playing in an expanded Five Nations Championship. Consistently winning against nations that now play in the European Nations Cup (Romania, Spain, Georgia, etc.), and good results against the major nations such as France, Scotland, Wales and Ireland meant that they were often talked as strong candidates. [5]

In 1986, Italy hosted an England XV squad in Rome, drawing 15–15. The Azzurri took part in the first-ever Rugby World Cup match against New Zealand on 22 May 1987. The match proved a one-sided affair with New Zealand convincing 70–6 winners against a young Italy side. John Kirwan, later to become the Italy national coach, scored one of the tournament's greatest-ever tries for the All Blacks. Italy beat Fiji but lost to Argentina and finished third in their pool, failing to make the finals. In 1988, they played Ireland for the first time.

At the 1991 World Cup, Italy were grouped in a tough pool with the likes of England and the All Blacks. They lost both of these games but beat the USA. Italy first played Wales in 1994. At the 1995 World Cup in South Africa, Italy came close to beating England; losing 20–27, but recovered to beat Argentina. They finished third in their pool again below England and Western Samoa, but above the Argentines.

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The current badge on the Italy jersey

The late 1990s saw the Italians build a formidable side and record Test victories over Five Nations opposition. In 1996, a deal between British Sky Broadcasting and the Rugby Football Union meant that England home games were exclusively shown on Sky. England were threatened with being expelled from the Five Nations to be replaced by Italy. This threat was never carried out as a deal was worked out.

In 1996, Italy toured England, Wales and for the first time Scotland, losing all matches. The team recorded two consecutive victories over Ireland in 1997; 37–29 on 4 January, at Lansdowne Road, and 37–22 on 20 December, in Bologna. [6] On 22 March 1997 they recorded their first win over France, 40–32, (in Grenoble). In January 1998, Scotland were the victims with Italy winning 25–21 (in Treviso); in the same year in the Rugby World Cup Qualifiers, they narrowly lost 15–23 against England at Huddersfield, but they argued for a try by Alessandro Troncon disallowed by the referee. [7]

At the 1999 World Cup, Italy were drawn with New Zealand for the third time and lost again. They did not win a single pool match and went home before the knock-out stage. [8]

Six Nations era: 2000–present

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Italy vs All Blacks at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium with a record 80,000 sellout crowd, November 2009

Italy finally joined the Six Nations Championship in 2000 but their admission coincided with the departure of some of their best players. Nevertheless, they won their opening game against the reigning champions Scotland 34–20. Thereafter they struggled to compete against the other nations and their participation was called into question. The 2001 and 2002 tournaments were particularly disappointing as they did not win a single game. Coach Brad Johnstone was sacked in 2002 after an alleged show of 'player power'.

John Kirwan was then appointed coach. They managed to win their second Six Nations game in 2003, a 30–22 victory over Wales, thus avoiding the wooden spoon. They followed up by winning two games at the World Cup, another first. The tournament was, however, ultimately disappointing as the Welsh gained revenge with a 27–15 success. This, coupled with defeat against New Zealand, that meant that Italy were the only Six Nations country not to advance to the knock-out stage. Their third Six Nations win came against Scotland in 2004.

Italy, along with other nations, had made good use of IRB rules which allowed them to select foreign-born players if they had Italian ancestry or had lived in Italy for a qualifying period of three years. From 2004 they announced that they would only pick three such 'non-Italians' per team in order to develop their own domestic players.

In the 2005 Six Nations Italy finished bottom of the table again and failed to win a single game. Kirwan was sacked and replaced with Pierre Berbizier. Italy then went on a tour of Argentina where they surprised many by beating the Pumas 30–29 and drawing the series 1–1 (the only 2005 victory of a Northern Hemisphere team visiting a Southern Hemisphere team). However, the Pumas had their revenge when they visited Genoa and beat Italy 39–22.

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Italy contesting a lineout with Scotland during the 2012 Six Nations

In the 2006 Six Nations Championship Italy performed strongly against every team, leading against both England and France in the first half, but lost their first three games. They did, however, get a creditable 18–18 draw away to Wales, their first away point in the tournament, and were unlucky not to draw with Scotland in Rome in the final game, losing 10–13 courtesy of a late Scottish penalty. In the 2007 Six Nations Championship, Italy started poorly, losing to France 3–39. However, Italy's performance improved, and they held England to a 20–7 result at Twickenham. Italy followed with a stunning start to their match at Murrayfield against Scotland, scoring three quick tries to give Italy a 21–0 lead after seven minutes, and the Azzurri went on to a 37–17 victory; their first-ever away win in the Six Nations. Italy's next match was against Wales in Rome, with Italy winning 23–20, for their first consecutive victories in the competition and help them achieve their highest-ever position in the competition. The domestic interest in rugby reached new heights with Italy's new success front page media coverage and the sport being held up as a model of fair play. [9] Media and public interest in the national team was very high during the side's newfound success, [9] despite losing their last game to Ireland. 10,000 fans later greeted the national team at Rome's Piazza del Popolo. [9]

The 2008 Six Nations Championship saw Italy again finish in last place, albeit by only a three-point margin. They took part in close matches against Ireland, Wales England and France respectively and managed a sole victory, defeating Scotland 23–20 in Rome in the last round of matches. [10] In the summer tests they lost to South Africa but again managed to surprise 3rd ranked Argentina with a 13–12 victory. At the 2008 end of year tour Italy pushed the Wallabies in their clash in Padova, but the Australians eventually went on to win 30–20. A week later Italy were defeated by Argentina, 14–22.

Italy's 2009 Six Nations campaign was ill-fated almost from the beginning, with both scrum-halves ruled out of the competition before a ball was kicked, and a third alternative ruled out of the opener at England due to injury. Head coach Nick Mallett tried flanker Mauro Bergamasco at scrum-half. Mallett's gamble failed in epic fashion, with Bergamasco's mistakes leading to three England tries before he was replaced at half-time; England went on to win 36–11. [11] In week two Italy also put in a poor performance against Ireland losing 9–38. [12] The two poor performances were followed by another loss to Scotland. The Azzurri were competitive in their 15–20 loss at the Flaminio to a Wales side resting many of its key players for the championship decider against Ireland the next week. [13] Italy finished in last place for the second straight year after losing to France on the final weekend of the tournament.

In the 2010 Six Nations Championship, Italy were well beaten by Ireland 11–29 before narrowly losing to England and defeating Scotland. [14] [15] Italy were defeated in their last two matches against France and Wales. [16]

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Italian fans on their way to see Italy play Scotland at Murrayfield in the Six Nations Championship, 2013

Italy finished the 2011 Six Nations with a 1–4 record. In the opening match of the 2011 Six Nations, Italy was beaten by Ireland 11–13 at home, with Ireland scoring a drop goal less than two minutes before the final whistle. The Azzurri claimed a 22–21 home victory over the reigning Six Nations champions, France, gaining Italy's first win over France in a Six Nations game. [17] At the final whistle, the English language commentator declared it the greatest win in Italian rugby history thus far.

Italy finished the 2012 Six Nations in fifth place with a 1–4 record, following a 13–6 win over Scotland before over 72,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Italy's 15–19 loss to England was their smallest margin of defeat. [18] The championship also saw Italy lose to Wales, Ireland and France. [19]

Italy played three matches in the 2012 November internationals, losing two and winning one. Italy lost to New Zealand and Australia 19–22, with Italian fly half Luciano Orquera missing a penalty in the last minute which would have secured Italy's first draw against Australia. [20] Italy did manage a win in the series, beating Tonga 28–23. [21]

Italy gained their second Six Nations win over France when they beat them 23–18 on their opening match of the 2013 Six Nations Championship. [22] Three defeats by Scotland, Wales and England followed. [23] On their final game of the championship Italy won against Ireland 22–15 for the first time in a Six Nations match in front of 75,000 fans at the Stadio Olimpico. [24] [25] Overall Italy finished fourth, [26] behind Scotland in third on points difference, to make it one of their most successful Six Nations. [27] In November 2013, Italy hosted Australia at Turin for a 20–50 loss, then defeated Fiji 37–31 at Cremona and was defeated by Argentina 14–19 at Rome.

Italy were whitewashed at the 2014 Six Nations Championship, including a 20–21 home loss to Scotland, a 7–46 loss to Ireland and an 11–52 loss to England. In June the team made an Asia-Pacific tour, where they were defeated by Fiji, Japan and Samoa. In November they scored a home win to Samoa, a two-point loss to Argentina and another loss to South Africa.

In the 2015 Six Nations Championship, Italy took a 22–19 away win over Scotland to avoid the wooden spoon, but suffered heavy home losses to France and Wales. The victory against Scotland was their last win in the Six Nations, and they lost all games in the 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 tournaments, a losing run of 28 games. At the 2015 Rugby World Cup, they defeated Romania and Canada but lost to Ireland and France, repeating their performance of the previous three editions.

After another poor performance in 2016, losing all their Six Nations matches, Italy hired former Ireland international and Harlequin F.C. coach Conor O'Shea to coach the team; with him they also hired IRFU developmental director Stephen Aboud to direct youth programs aimed at strengthening the level of rugby in the country. [28] In June, Italy lost to Argentina and won over the United States and Canada. On 19 November, Italy achieved a famous upset victory by defeating South Africa 20–18 which was Italy's first win against the Springboks in 13 attempts at Stadio Artemio Franchi in Florence. [29] This victory also marked their first win over one of the three big Southern Hemisphere nations (Australia, New Zealand, South Africa).

Wins against Tier 1 nations

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24 October 1978Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 19–6Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Stadio Mario Battaglini, Rovigo
6 May 1995Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 22–12IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Stadio comunale di Monigo, Treviso
4 June 1995Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 25–31Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Buffalo City Stadium, East London, South Africa
4 January 1997IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 29–37Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Lansdowne Road, Dublin
22 March 1997Flag of France.svg  France 32–40Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Stade Lesdiguières, Grenoble
20 December 1997Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 37–22IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Stadio Renato Dall'Ara, Bologna
24 January 1998Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 25–21Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Stadio Comunale Monigo, Treviso
7 November 1998Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 23–19Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Stadio Comunale Beltrametti, Piacenza
5 February 2000Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 34–20Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Stadio Flaminio, Rome
15 February 2003Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 30–22Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Stadio Flaminio, Rome
6 March 2004Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 20–14Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Stadio Flaminio, Rome
11 June 2005Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 29–30Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Estadio Olímpico, Córdoba
24 February 2007Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 17–37Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Murrayfield, Edinburgh
10 March 2007Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 23–20Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Stadio Flaminio, Rome
15 March 2008Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 23–20Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Stadio Flaminio, Rome
28 June 2008Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 12–13Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Estadio Olímpico, Córdoba
27 February 2010Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 16–12Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Stadio Flaminio, Rome
12 March 2011Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 22–21Flag of France.svg  France Stadio Flaminio, Rome
17 March 2012Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 13–6Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Stadio Olimpico, Rome
3 February 2013Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 23–18Flag of France.svg  France Stadio Olimpico, Rome
16 March 2013Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 22–15IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Stadio Olimpico, Rome
28 February 2015Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 19–22Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Murrayfield, Edinburgh
19 November 2016Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 20–18Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence

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Stadium and attendance

Before joining the Six Nations in 2000 Italy did not have a set stadium and played their home matches in various stadiums around Italy. From 2000–2011 Italy played all of their home Six Nations matches at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) announced, in January 2010, that the stadium would undergo an expansion, that will increase its capacity to 42,000. [36] Continued delays to the start of construction meant that the revamp could not be completed in time for the 2012 Six Nations so all of Italy's home Six Nations games were moved to the Stadio Olimpico, also in Rome. [37] The expansion of the Stadio Flaminio was originally promised to be complete by 2014. It was planned that upon completion of the renovation, the team would move back to the Stadio Flaminio, [38] however little was achieved and as of September 2016 the stadium was still in a state of abandoned disrepair. [39] More Italians are attending rugby union games and whereas before most of the fans at the Stadio Flaminio were away fans.[ citation needed ] Since moving to the Stadio Olimpico attendances have increased by huge numbers. [40] Italy has drawn large crowds since 2008, particularly for Six Nations matches and for matches against New Zealand:

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Highest attended home matches
RankAttendanceOpponentDateVenue
180,074New Zealand14 Nov 2009San Siro (Milan)
280,054Ireland16 Mar 2013Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
373,526Wales23 Feb 2013Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
473,000New Zealand17 Nov 2012Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
572,354Scotland17 Mar 2012Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
671,257England15 March 2014Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
770,000England14 February 2016Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
867,721Scotland27 February 2016Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
967,529France3 Feb 2013Stadio Olimpico (Rome)
1067,127France15 March 2015Stadio Olimpico (Rome)

Strip

Italy traditionally plays in blue jerseys, white shorts and blue stockings at home. Its away uniform consists of a uniform with the inverted colours. Both uniforms have on the chest the Scudetto, even if until the 1990s the non-test Italian teams had the coat of arms of the Maritime republics on the jersey.

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1981–1989 Adidas None
1990–1993 Lotto [41]
1991 Rugby World Cup
1993–1995 Gilbert [42]
1995 Rugby World Cup
1996–1997 Reebok
1997 European Nations Cup
1998–1999None
1999 Cotton Oxford
2000 Six Nations – 2000 mid-year internationals Canterbury Alliance UniChem
2000 end-of-year internationals – 2002 mid-year internationals Kappa
2002 end-of-year internationals – 2006 end-of-year internationals Jaguar
2007 Six Nations championship – 2012 mid-year internationals Cariparma
2012 end-of-year internationals – 2017 mid-year internationals Adidas
2017 end-of-year internationals – 2018 mid-year internationals Macron
2018 end-of-year internationals – Cattolica Assicurazioni
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1987 Home
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1991 Home
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1999 Home
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2011 Home
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2012-13 Home
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Awards

CompetitionGold medal icon.svgSilver medal icon.svgBronze medal icon.svgTotal
Olympic Games 0000
Rugby World Cup 0000
European Nations Cup 19818
Total19818

Record

Overall

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 20 rankings as of 10 May, 2021 [43]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.69
5Steady2.svgFlag of France.svg  France 084.27
6Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 083.44
7Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.08
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Steady2.svgFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.31
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.29
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Steady2.svgFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 071.44
14Steady2.svgFlag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 070.72
15Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
21Steady2.svgFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 062.10
22Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 061.04
25Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 060.09
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 057.71
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 057.17
28Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
29Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 053.81
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week
Italy's historical rankings

See or edit raw graph data.

Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 10 May 2021 [43]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by an Italy national XV at test level up until 20 March 2021. [44] [ citation needed ]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 22 516122.73%383557−174
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 18 01800.00%251631−380
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia XV 2 0200.00%3675−39
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 2200100.00%750+75
  Border Bulldogs 10100.00%1225−13
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 1100100.00%170+17
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 972077.78%246128+118
Flag of Catalonia.svg Catalonia 210150%108+2
Flag of the Cook Islands.svg  Cook Islands 10100.00%615−9
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1100100.00%7611+65
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 1100100.00%1048+96
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 12101183.33%26662+204
Flag of England.svg  England 28 02800.00%3421133−791
Flag of England.svg  England XV 1 0010.00%1515+0
Flag of England.svg England B10100.00%921−12
Flag of England.svg England U23311133.33%3142−11
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 12 66050.00%282275+7
Flag of France.svg  France 45 34206.67%5181389−871
Flag of France.svg  France XV 30 12813.33%289751−462
Flag of France.svg France Espoirs10100.00%1821−3
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 2 200100.00%5939+20
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 624033.33%2754−27
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 33 429012.12%4951172−677
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 862075.00%241146+95
  Leopards 321066.66%5546+9
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar 2200100.00%2615+11
  Middlesex 10100.00%1228−16
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 862075.00%18452+132
  Golden Lions 10100.00%2428−4
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 422050.00%12296+26
  Sharks 10100.00%323−20
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 4400100.00%17827+151
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 14 01400.00%131820−689
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand XV 1 0100.00%1218−6
Flag of New Zealand.svg  Junior All Blacks 10100.00%1330−17
 North-Eastern Cape10100.00%1231−19
  Northern Free State 10100.00%1112−1
 Oxfordshire10100.00%630−24
Flag of rugby Pacific Islanders.svg Pacific Islanders 10100.00%1725−8
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 761085.71%16549+116
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 12101183.33%33371+262
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 422316354.76%609634−25
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 5500100.00%28376+207
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 725028.57%109175−66
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 33 825024.24%542846−304
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland A 312033.33%5155−4
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia and Montenegro 3300100.00%6022+38
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 15 11406.67%174701−527
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1449128.57%171165+6
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 27233185.19%581187+394
  Steval Pumas 10100.00%1239−27
  Sussex 10100.00%716−9
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 532060.00%15482+72
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 3300100.00%6019+41
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 5500100.00%15474+80
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 3300100.00%9225+67
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 30 22716.67%4611040−579
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 14130192.86%22669+157
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 3300100.00%7025+45
Total5191873181436.03%892812229–3301

Six Nations

Italy entered the International Championship in 2000 when it became the Six Nations, and made a positive start by winning their debut match 34–20 against Scotland. They finished fifth in 2003 above Wales in the final standings, having defeated them 30–22, and were again fifth the following year above Scotland, after beating them 20–14. In 2006, Italy drew with Wales 18–18 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Italy's first three Six Nations match victories, in 2000, 2003, and 2004, had been in front of a home crowd at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome. However, on 24 February 2007, they defeated Scotland 37–17 at Murrayfield for their first away win in the competition. Two weeks later, they defeated Wales for the second time, 23–20 back in Rome. This was the first time that Italy had won two of their five games in the championship, and they finished the 2007 Six Nations Championship in fourth place.

Italy won the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy for the first time in 2011 with a close-fought 22–21 victory over France. Two years later, they lifted the trophy for a second time by defeating France 23–18. Italy also recorded a first Six Nations victory over Ireland in 2013, beating them 22–15, and equalling their best finish of fourth place in the final standings. On 28 February 2015, Italy achieved their second away win against Scotland, a tight 22–21 victory, but they have not won a game in the tournament since that date.

As of March 2021, Italy have won twelve Six Nations matches, seven of these against Scotland, two against both France and Wales, and one against Ireland. England is the only team that Italy have yet to beat in the championship.

YearPosWDLPFPAPDFlag of France.svg  FRA Flag of England.svg  ENG IRFU flag.svg IRL Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO
2000 6th104106228−122LLLLW
2001 6th005106207−101LLLLL
2002 6th00570183−113LLLLL
2003 5th104100185−85LLLWL
2004 5th10442152−110LLLLW
2005 6th00555179−124LLLLL
2006 6th01472125−53LLLDL
2007 4th20394147−53LLLWW
2008 6th10474131−57LLLLW
2009 6th00549170−121LLLLL
2010 6th10469137−68LLLLW
2011 6th10470138−68WLLLL
2012 5th10453121−68LLLLW
2013 4th20375111−36WLWLL
2014 6th00563172−109LLLLL
2015 5th10462182−120LLLLW
2016 6th00579224−145LLLLL
2017 6th00550201−151LLLLL
2018 6th00592203−111LLLLL
2019 6th00579167−88LLLLL
2020 6th00544178−134LLLLL
2021 6th00555239−184LLLLL
Overall1219715593780−22212–0–200–0–221–0–212–1–197–0–15
 Flag of England.svg
England
Flag of France.svg
France
IRFU flag.svg
Ireland
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Scotland.svg
Scotland
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg
Wales
Tournaments1249112621126126
Outright wins (shared wins)
Home Nations5 (4)N/A4 (4)N/A10 (3)7 (4)
Five Nations17 (6)12 (8)6 (5)N/A5 (6)15 (8)
Six Nations754006
Overall29 (10)17 (8)14 (9)0 (0)15 (9)28 (12)
Grand Slams
Home Nations0N/A0N/A02
Five Nations1161N/A36
Six Nations232004
Overall13930312
Triple Crowns
Home Nations5N/A2N/A76
Five Nations16N/A4N/A311
Six Nations5N/A5N/A05
Overall26N/A11N/A1022
Wooden Spoons
Home Nations11N/A15N/A88
Five Nations141721N/A2112
Six Nations0101541
Overall251836153321

Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Qualification
YearRoundPldWDLPFPASquadPosPldWDLPFPA
Flag of New Zealand.svg Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1987 Pool Stage310240110 Squad Invited
Flag of England.svg Flag of France.svg IRFU flag.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1991 Pool Stage31025776 Squad 1st33008338
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 Pool Stage31026994 Squad 2nd430121052
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Pool Stage300335196 Squad 2nd650130292
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Pool Stage420277123 Squad 1st22007520
Flag of France.svg 2007 Pool Stage420285117 Squad 1st22001507
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 Pool Stage42029295 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of England.svg 2015 Pool Stage42027488 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 Pool Stage42119878 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of France.svg 2023 Automatically qualified
TotalPool Stage3113018627977171502820209
 Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth placeHome venue

Italy have competed at every Rugby World Cup since the competition's inception in 1987. Italy finished third in their pool at their first World Cup, defeating Fiji, but not making the finals. They did not make the finals in 1991, grouped in a tough pool with England and the All Blacks. At the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, they finished behind England and Western Samoa, but above Argentina in their pool.

In 1999 they did not make the finals, with their defeats by the All Blacks and Tonga. Italy won two pool games at the 2003 World Cup, defeating both Canada and Tonga, but lost to the All Blacks and Wales. Italy played the 2007 Rugby World Cup in Pool C, against New Zealand, Scotland, Romania and Portugal (who had been beaten 83–0 by Italy in the qualifiers), with the goal of reaching the quarter finals for the first time. However, in the crucial group match against Scotland, Italy were undone by indiscipline. Chris Paterson kicked all of Scotland's points in an 18–16 victory, despite Italy crossing the line for the game's only try.

European championships

Before 2000, Italy was one of the leading European teams outside the Five Nations, along with Romania, and for a while the USSR.

Italy competed in the original European Championships from 1936–38, but World War II meant that the tournament would not resume until 1952. Italy then competed in these tournaments from 1952–2000. Italy achieved only one victory, the 1995–97 FIRA Trophy.

TeamFirst placeSecond placeThird place
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 198

Thirties wins

YearHost cityWinnerSecond placeThird place
1936BerlinFlag of France.svg
France
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
Germany
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
1937ParisFlag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg
Italy
Flag of Germany (1935-1945).svg
Germany

The fifties: the European Cup, Italian positions

YearWinnerSecond placeThird place
1952Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Germany.svg
West Germany
1954Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg
Spain

The Nations Cup 1966–73

YearWinnerSecond placeThird place
1965/1966Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
1966/1967Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1969/1970Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy

The FIRA Trophy 1974–97

YearWinnerSecond placeThird place
1974/1975Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1975/1976Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
1976/1977Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1979/1980Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1981/1982Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
1982/1983Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
1983/1984Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg
Romania
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1984/1985Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg
Soviet Union
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
1990/1992Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Romania.svg
Romania
1992/1994Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of Romania.svg
Romania
1995/1997Flag of Italy.svg
Italy
Flag of France.svg
France
Flag of Romania.svg
Romania

Players and coaches

Current squad

On 25 January 2021, Franco Smith named a 32-man squad and five invited players for the 2021 Six Nations Championship. [45]

On 8 February 2021 Smith added Lovotti and Bruno in substitution of the injured Zanon. [46]
On 8 March 2021 Smith added Fabiani, Violi and Padovani at the list. [47] On 15 March 2021 Smith added Zambonin at the list. [48]

Head Coach: Flag of South Africa.svg Kieran Crowley

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Luca Bigi (c) Hooker (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 30)37 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Oliviero Fabiani Hooker (1990-07-13) 13 July 1990 (age 30)11 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Gianmarco Lucchesi Hooker (2000-09-10) 10 September 2000 (age 20)6 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Marco Manfredi Hooker (1997-09-18) 18 September 1997 (age 23)0 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Pietro Ceccarelli Prop (1992-02-16) 16 February 1992 (age 29)14 Flag of France.svg Brive
Danilo Fischetti Prop (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 23)12 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Andrea Lovotti Prop (1989-07-28) 28 July 1989 (age 31)47 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Marco Riccioni Prop (1997-10-19) 19 October 1997 (age 23)15 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Daniele Rimpelli Prop (1997-06-23) 23 June 1997 (age 23)1 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Cherif Traorè Prop (1994-04-10) 10 April 1994 (age 27)11 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Giosuè Zilocchi Prop (1997-01-15) 15 January 1997 (age 24)15 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Niccolò Cannone Lock (1998-05-17) 17 May 1998 (age 23)13 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Riccardo Favretto Lock (2001-10-10) 10 October 2001 (age 19)1 Flag of Italy.svg Mogliano/Benetton
Marco Lazzaroni Lock (1995-05-18) 18 May 1995 (age 26)15 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
David Sisi Lock (1993-02-05) 5 February 1993 (age 28)15 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Cristian Stoian Lock (1999-12-19) 19 December 1999 (age 21)2 Flag of Italy.svg Fiamme Oro/Zebre
Andrea Zambonin Lock (2000-09-03) 3 September 2000 (age 20)0 Flag of Italy.svg Calvisano
Michele Lamaro Back row (1998-06-03) 3 June 1998 (age 22)7 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Maxime Mbanda Back row (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 29)29 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Johan Meyer Back row (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 28)14 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Sebastian Negri Back row (1994-06-30) 30 June 1994 (age 26)33 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Federico Ruzza Back row (1994-08-04) 4 August 1994 (age 26)22 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Callum Braley Scrum-half (1994-03-24) 24 March 1994 (age 27)10 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Guglielmo Palazzani Scrum-half (1991-04-11) 11 April 1991 (age 30)44 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Stephen Varney Scrum-half (2001-05-16) 16 May 2001 (age 20)7 Flag of England.svg Gloucester
Marcello Violi Scrum-half (1993-10-11) 11 October 1993 (age 27)21 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Tommaso Allan Fly-half (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 28)61 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Carlo Canna Fly-half (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 28)52 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Paolo Garbisi Fly-half (2000-04-26) 26 April 2000 (age 21)10 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Ignacio Brex Centre (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 28)5 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Federico Mori Centre (2000-10-13) 13 October 2000 (age 20)9 Flag of Italy.svg Calvisano/Zebre
Marco Zanon Centre (1997-10-03) 3 October 1997 (age 23)6 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Mattia Bellini Wing (1994-02-08) 8 February 1994 (age 27)31 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Pierre Bruno Wing (1996-06-28) 28 June 1996 (age 24)0 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Monty Ioane Wing (1994-10-30) 30 October 1994 (age 26)6 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Luca Sperandio Wing (1996-01-28) 28 January 1996 (age 25)11 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Edoardo Padovani Fullback (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 28)28 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Jacopo Trulla Fullback (2000-11-05) 5 November 2000 (age 20)7 Flag of Italy.svg Calvisano/Zebre

Invited players

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Renato Giammarioli Back row (1995-03-23) 23 March 1995 (age 26)4 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Tommaso Boni Centre (1993-01-15) 15 January 1993 (age 28)11 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Tommaso Menoncello Centre (2002-08-20) 20 August 2002 (age 18)0 Flag of Italy.svg F.I.R. Academy/Benetton
Michelangelo Biondelli Fullback (1998-05-15) 15 May 1998 (age 23)0 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre

Recent call-up not selected

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Leonardo Ghiraldini Hooker (1984-12-26) 26 December 1984 (age 36)107Unattached
Federico Zani * Hooker (1989-04-09) 9 April 1989 (age 32)16 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Simone Ferrari * Prop (1994-03-28) 28 March 1994 (age 27)34 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Tiziano Pasquali Prop (1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 26)21 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Giovanni Licata * Back row (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 24)11 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Jake Polledri * Back row (1995-11-08) 8 November 1995 (age 25)19 Flag of England.svg Gloucester
Braam Steyn * Back row (1992-05-02) 2 May 1992 (age 29)44 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Giulio Bisegni Centre (1992-04-04) 4 April 1992 (age 29)16 Flag of Italy.svg Zebre
Luca Morisi Centre (1991-02-22) 22 February 1991 (age 30)34 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton
Matteo Minozzi Wing (1996-06-04) 4 June 1996 (age 24)22 Flag of England.svg Wasps
Jayden Hayward Fullback (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 33)27 Flag of Italy.svg Benetton

Coaches

Current coaches

Coaching history

NameFromToPWDL% W/P
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Arnaldo Cortese
Flag of England.svg  John Thomas
20 May 192910010
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg   Arturo Cameroni
Flag of Italy.svg  Luigi Bricchi
29 May 19301100100
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi1 November 193226 December 1934430175
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi
Flag of France.svg   Julien Saby
26 December 19347 April 19351100100
Flag of France.svg   Julien Saby 7 April 193514 May 193620020
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi
Flag of France.svg   Michel Boucheron
14 May 193616 May 1936210150
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi
Flag of France.svg   Julien Saby
1 January 193717 October 1937521240
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi6 March 193820 November 193810010
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Giuseppe Sessa
20 November 193819 March 1940210150
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Romano Bonifazi19 March 19409 February 1941210150
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Franco Chiaserotti
9 February 19412 May 1942
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Luigi Bricchi
Flag of Italy (1861-1946).svg  Franco Chiaserotti
2 May 19421100100
Flag of Italy.svg   Tommaso Fattori 18 May 194727 March 1949210150
Flag of Italy.svg  Giorgio Briasco
Flag of Italy.svg  Antonio Radicini
27 March 194926 February 195020020
Flag of Italy.svg  Romano Bonifazi26 February 195029 July 1950
Flag of Italy.svg  Francesco Vinci29 July 19504 October 1950
Flag of Italy.svg  Renzo Maffioli4 October 195025 February 1951
Flag of Italy.svg  Renzo Maffioli
Flag of France.svg   Julien Saby
25 February 19511 August 1954960366.7
Flag of Italy.svg   Piermarcello Farinelli
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici
Flag of Italy.svg  Umberto Silvestri
1 August 195422 December 1956850362.5
Flag of Italy.svg  Giulio Fereoli
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici
Flag of Italy.svg  Umberto Silvestri
22 December 19568 December 1957210150
Flag of Italy.svg  Sergio Barilari
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici
Flag of Italy.svg  Umberto Silvestri
8 December 195719 July 195810010
Flag of Italy.svg  Sergio Barilari
Flag of Italy.svg   Mario Battaglini
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici
19 July 195810 April 1960210150
Flag of Italy.svg  Sergio Barilari
Flag of Italy.svg  Romano Bonifazi
10 April 196022 April 1962420250
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici22 April 19628 December 1965720528.5
Flag of Italy.svg  Sergio Barilari
Flag of Italy.svg  Mario Martone
8 December 196528 October 1967731342.8
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici28 October 196724 May 1970870187.5
Flag of Italy.svg  Giordano Campice24 May 197025 October 19702200100
Flag of Italy.svg  Sergio Barilari25 October 197010 April 197130030
Flag of Italy.svg   Guglielmo Geremia 11 April 197127 May 197110010
Flag of Italy.svg  Aldo Invernici28 May 197119 February 1972
Flag of Italy.svg  Umberto Levorato20 February 197225 November 1972412125
Flag of Italy.svg  Gianni Villa26 November 197214 February 197520611330
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg   Roy Bish 15 February 19751º April 19771581653.3
Flag of Italy.svg   Isidoro Quaglio 2 April 19771º May 1977210150
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg   Gwyn Evans 23 October 197723 October 1978511320
Flag of France.svg   Pierre Villepreux 24 October 197824 October 1981241011341.6
Flag of Italy.svg  Paolo Paladini
Flag of Italy.svg  Marco Pulli
25 October 19819 November 1985281621057.14
Flag of Italy.svg   Marco Bollesan 10 November 19854 November 198819711136.8
Flag of Italy.svg   Loreto Cucchiarelli 5 November 198829 September 1989710614.3
Flag of Italy.svg   Loreto Cucchiarelli
Flag of France.svg   Bertrand Fourcade
29 September 198931 December 1989210150
Flag of France.svg   Bertrand Fourcade 1 January 199030 August 1993271601159.3
Flag of France.svg   Georges Coste 31 August 199319 June 1999481912839.6
Flag of Italy.svg   Massimo Mascioletti 20 June 199919 November 1999520340
Flag of New Zealand.svg   Brad Johnstone 20 November 199926 April 200227502218.5
Flag of New Zealand.svg   John Kirwan 27 April 200218 April 2005321002231.3
Flag of France.svg   Pierre Berbizier 19 April 200530 September 2007301211740
Flag of South Africa.svg   Nick Mallett 3 October 200730 October 201142903321.4
Flag of France.svg   Jacques Brunel 1 November 201131 May 2016501103922.0
IRFU flag.svg   Conor O'Shea 1 June 201617 November 201926601923.08
Flag of South Africa.svg   Franco Smith 21 November 201919 May 20211300130
Flag of New Zealand.svg   Kieran Crowley 19 May 2021current time00000

Player records (career)

Most caps

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesWonLostDraw%
1 Sergio Parisse Number 8 2002–20191421393831635106125.00
2 Martin Castrogiovanni Prop 2002–2016119912860123088125.63
3 Alessandro Zanni Flanker 2005–202011892262043186126.92
4 Marco Bortolami Lock 2001–201511292203572982126.33
5 Leonardo Ghiraldini Hooker 2006–202010784232552087018.86
6 Mauro Bergamasco Flanker 1998–2015106901675153076028.30
7 Andrea Lo Cicero Prop 2000–201310379244083270131.55
8 Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 1994–200710194795193367133.16
9 Andrea Masi Fullback 2000–201595821365132372024.21
10 Mirco Bergamasco Wing 2002–201289827256172266125.28
Luke McLean Fullback 2008–20178975147471871020.22

Last updated: Scotland vs Italy, 20 March 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [49]

Most tries

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDrop
1 Marcello Cuttitta Wing 1987–19995454011025000
2 Paolo Vaccari Wing 1991–20036463110722000
3 Carlo Checchinato Number 8 1990–200483731010521000
Manrico Marchetto Wing 1972–1981433948421000
5 Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 1994–20071019479519000
6 Mirco Bergamasco Centre 2002–2012898272561712490
Serafino Ghizzoni Wing 1977–1987605917717003
Massimo Mascioletti Wing 1977–1990545406817000
9 Ivan Francescato Centre 1990–1997383807716000
Sergio Parisse Number 8 2002–201914213938316001

Last updated: Scotland vs Italy, 20 March 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDrop
1 Diego Domínguez Fly-half 1991–200374731983912720820
2 Stefano Bettarello Fly-half 1979–19885554148374610417
3 Tommaso Allan Fly-half 2013–6142193271254521
4 Luigi Troiani Fullback 1985–199547470294257570
5 Ramiro Pez Fly-half 2000–200740337260433526
6 Mirco Bergamasco Centre 2002–2012898272561712490
7 Luciano Orquera Fly-half 2004–2015482721154320312
8 David Bortolussi Fullback 2006–200816151153135251
9 Carlo Canna Fly-half 2015–522824152520263
10 Ennio Ponzi Fly-half 1973–197720200133017312

Last updated: Scotland vs Italy, 20 March 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [49]

Most matches as captain

#PlayerPosSpanMatWonLostDraw%PtsTriesConvPensDrop
1 Sergio Parisse Number 8 2008–2019931875019.356813001
2 Marco Bortolami Lock 2002–2014391424137.17357000
3 Marco Bollesan Number 8 1968–1975371520243.24216000
Massimo Giovanelli Flanker 1992–1999371422139.18153000
5 Massimo Cuttitta Prop 1993–1999221012045.45153000
6 Alessandro Troncon Scrum-half 2000–200721714033.33255000
7 Marzio Innocenti Flanker 1985–198820712137.5082000
8 Alessandro Moscardi Hooker 2000–200219415021.0551000
9 Ambrogio Bona Prop 1978–19811899050.0041000
10 Leonardo Ghiraldini Hooker 2008–201917512029.4151000

Last updated: Scotland vs Italy, 20 March 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Player records (single match)

Most points in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1. Stefano Bettarello Fly-half 291252Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Toronto1 July 1982
Diego Domínguez Fly-half 0163Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Italy.svg Rome 5 February 2000
Diego Domínguez Fly-half 0470Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Italy.svg Treviso 10 November 2001
4. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 281730Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Flag of Italy.svg Calvisano21 May 1994
5. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 271260IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Italy.svg Bologna20 December 1997
6. Diego Domínguez Fly-half 250550Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of France.svg Tarbes 26 October 1997
7. Luigi Troiani Fly-half 2401200Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic Flag of Italy.svg Viadana 18 May 1994
Diego Domínguez Fly-half 0080Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Italy.svg Catania 1 October 1994
Mirco Bergamasco Wing 0080Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji Flag of Italy.svg Modena 27 November 2010
10.3 players on 23 points

Last updated: Scotland vs Italy, 20 March 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

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1. Renzo Cova Wing 124000Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium Flag of France.svg Paris 10 October 1937
Ivan Francescato Centre 20000Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco Flag of France.svg Carcassonne 19 June 1993
3.15 players on 3 tries

Last updated: Scotland vs Italy, 20 March 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

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