Italy

  • Team Name
    The Azzurri
  • First Appearance
    2013
  • RLWC2013 Group
    Group C
  • RLWC2013 Opponents
    Scotland, Tonga, Wales
  • Last Win
  • Players to watch
    Anthony Laffranchi, Anthony Minichiello
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C.Calegari
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G.Celerino
Chris  Centrone
C.Centrone
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F.Ciaurro
Cameron  Ciraldo
C.Ciraldo
Ben  Falcone
B.Falcone
Sam  Gardel
S.Gardel
Ryan  Ghietti
R.Ghietti
Aidan  Guerra
A.Guerra
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G.Hiscox
Anthony  Laffranchi
A.Laffranchi
Joshua  Mantellato
J.Mantellato
Tim Maccan
T.Maccan
Anthony  Minichiello
A.Minichiello
Mark Minichiello
M.Minichiello
Raymond Nasso
R.Nasso
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D.Parata
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J.Riethmuller
James  Saltonstall
J.Saltonstall
Brendan Santi
B.Santi
Kade Snowden
K.Snowden
James  Tedesco
J.Tedesco
Ryan  Tramonte
R.Tramonte
Paul  Vaughan
P.Vaughan

Group C

Sun Nov 03 KO: 4:00pm DERWENT PARK
WORKINGTON
Scotland
30-30
Italy
REPORT
Sun Nov 10 KO: 4:00pm THE SHAY
HALIFAX
Tonga
16-0
Italy
REPORT

Group C/D

Sat Oct 26 KO: 4:30pm MILLENNIUM STADIUM
CARDIFF
Wales
16-32
Italy
REPORT

A bit of History

Teams from England, France and Australia toured Italy during the 1950s and 1960s, but it was 1995 before Rugby League re-appeared on the country’s sporting landscape when Australians with Italian heritage formed the Italia Rugby league with the goal of assisting with the game’s revival. 

Italy's resurgence came with the qualifying matches for the 2000 Rugby League World Cup and the Emerging Nations event which ran alongside. The Italians preformed well in the latter, winning pool games against the United States and Canada before losing 20-14 to Britain’s talented amateurs. 

Following occasional games in Sydney, Italy took part in the 2009 European Nations Shield against Germany and the Czech Republic. Fielding players mainly drawn form the local Italian clubs, Italy defeated Germany 58-26 and the Czech Republic 38-18 to lift the trophy.

Italy secured the remaining RLWC2013 spot in group C alongside Scotland and Tonga thanks to a 78th-minute drop goal against Lebanon.

Domestically, the Federazione Italiana Rugby League (FIRL) was formed in 2008 to further develop the game in Italy. A year later, the inaugural Italian domestic competition was won by Monster XIII.

The Italian Rugby League Championship now involves eight clubs competing for the title of Champions of Italy, currently held by the Duchy XIII of Piacenza.

The current FIRL international squad is made up of players based in Italy, Australia, England and France under Head Coach and ex-Salford Reds player Carlo Napolitano.

The team will be captained by NRL veteran Anthony Minichiello of Sydney Roosters, a former international Rugby League ‘Golden Boot’ winner as ‘Best Player in the World’.