1973 Italy rugby union tour of Rhodesia and South Africa

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1973 Italy tour in South Africa and Rhodesia
Manager: Amos Du Plooy
Tour captain(s): Mauro Bollesan
Type P W D L
Total: 9[1] 1 0 6
Test match: 1 0 0 1
Opp. P W D L
 Rhodesia 1 0 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents

The1973 Italy rugby union tour of South Africa and Rhodesia was a series of matches played between June and 1973 in South Africa and Rhodesia by Italy national rugby union team.

It was the second time that the "azzuris" move to a tour outside Europe after a short tour in Madagascar in 1973.

The experience, sign a turn in the story of Italian rugby: before of that the contact with the bigger union members was almost near to zero (some test between 1952 and 1967 with France) .

The tour was arranged by Italian federation ad SARB, that send in Italy to prepare the team the coach Amos du Plooy. It was an historical tour, but the results were very poor: only a victory against the "Leopard" the selection of the SARF.

Hero of the last match against Transvaal XV, was Rocco Caligiuri. The fly-half (but normally play ad full-back), score three drops. It was the first time that a player score three drops in an international match in South Africa, after then a plate, were put on the wall of Ellis Park Stadium.


Results[edit]

Scores and results list Italy's points tally first.

Opposing Team For Against Date Venue
Rhodesia 4 42 16 June 1973 Salisbury
Western Transvaal 6 32 20 June 1973 Potchefstroom
Border 12 25 23 June 1973 East London
North East Cape 12 31 27 June 1973 Cradock
Natal 3 23 30 June 1973 Kings Park, Durban
Eastern Transvaal 12 39 4 July 1973 Witbank
Leopards 24 4 7 July 1973 Port Elizabeth
Northern Free State 11 12 9 July 1973 Welkom
Transvaal XV 24 28 11 July 1973 Ellis Park, Johannesburg

Bibliography[edit]

  • (Italian) Valerio Vecchiarelli, Francesco Volpe, 2000, Italia in meta, GS editore, 2000.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The Italian Rugby Union assigned a cap for every match, despite the fact that no national team plays against the Italian team.