Italy National Rugby

 The Italy national rugby union team represent the nation of Italy in the sport of rugby union. The team is also known as the Azzurri. Italy have been playing international rugby since 1929, and for decades were considered one of the best European teams outside the Five Nations Championship. Since 2000, Italy compete annually in the Six Nations Championship with England, France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. They were the holders of the Giuseppe Garibaldi Trophy for 2013, played annually against France. Italy are ranked ninth in the world by the IRB as of 4 February 2013.

Italian Rugby really came to prominence in 2000 when it was added to the Five Nations, creating the Six Nations. Initially on the end of some heavy defeats, the side has grown in competitiveness, recording a fourth place finish in 2007 and 2013, and even in defeat, lop-sided losses are less frequent. The Azzurri have shown respectable results when playing at home in recent years: during the 2011 Six Nations, the side defeated France 22–21, and in the 2013 Six Nations, Italy won again at home to France, and defeated Ireland 22–15.

Rugby World Cup: France vs. Italy 09/19/2015 5:00PM
Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham

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