Benetton Rugby Treviso

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Benetton Rugby Treviso
Benetton treviso badge.png
Full name Benetton Rugby Treviso
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Founded 1932; 82 years ago (1932)
Location Treviso, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio Comunale di Monigo (Capacity: 6,700)
President Amerino Zatta
Coach(es) Umberto Casellato
Captain(s) Antonio Pavanello
League(s) Pro12
2013–14 11th
1st kit
2nd kit
3rd kit
Official website
www.benettonrugby.it

Benetton Rugby Treviso (Italian pronunciation: [ˌbenetˈton ˈrɛɡbi treˈviːzo]) are an Italian professional rugby union team based in Treviso, Veneto competing in the Guinness Pro12 and the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Treviso were founded in 1932 and have won 15 Italian national titles. The Treviso rugby team has been owned by the Benetton clothing company since 1979. Treviso has competed in the Pro12 since 2010, and had previously competed in the Italian domestic championship.

Treviso have supplied a large number of players to the Italian national team, such as Alessandro Zanni and Leonardo Ghiraldini. Several notable foreign players have played for Treviso, including Rugby World Cup winners Craig Green, John Kirwan and Michael Lynagh.

History[edit]

Amateur era: 1932-1995[edit]

Treviso rugby team were founded in 1932. The club won its first honour when they took the 1952 Italian premiership. Benetton Treviso won its first Italian Cup in 1970, and in 1978 won the Italian premiership once again. The year after Benetton became the main sponsor, and the name of the team became "Benetton Rugby Treviso". Treviso won the domestic premiership in 1983, then again in 1989, and in the 1992 season.

Professional era: 1995-present[edit]

Rugby turned professional after 1995. Benetton Treviso dominated the Italian league from 1997 until 2010, winning the championship 10 times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) during those 14 seasons, and twice finishing second.[1] They also won the Italian Cup in 1998.

Benetton Treviso has competed in the Heineken Cup competition almost every year since the competition began in 1995 along with the professional era. Benetton Treviso competed in the inaugural 1995-96 Heineken Cup, winning one game and losing one. The following season they played four matches, winning one game. In the 1998–99 Heineken Cup they won three games. Benetton Treviso spent the 2000–01 and 2002–03 seasons in the European Challenge Cup, but have appeared in the Heineken Cup in each season since then. They won half of their games during the 2004–05 Heineken Cup, but won only one match in the following four seasons (at Newport Gwent Dragons in 2007). In the 2009–10 Heineken Cup opener they defeated reigning French Top 14 champions Perpignan 9–8 in Treviso.

Following the 2009-10 season Treviso left the Italian domestic competition, and in 2010-11 was one of two Italian teams to join the Celtic League to play against clubs from Ireland, Wales and Scotland. Both Italian teams were guaranteed places annually into the Heineken Cup, which had previously been awarded to the two top teams in the domestic Italian National Championship of Excellence.[2] An agreement had been reached in early March 2010 to allow two Italian teams a place in the Celtic League. In 2010 it was proposed that Aironi and a new team Praetorians Roma would join,[3] but Treviso were nominated instead. Treviso and a combination of Duchi Nord-Ovest rugby clubs could not agree to form one regional representative club and lost out in the first round of bidding.[4] However, Pretorians Roma failed to satisfy financial criteria, and Treviso instead joined the Celtic League (renamed the Pro12).[5] Treviso finished their first two season in the Pro12 (2010-2011 & 2011-2012) in 10th place, while in the 2012-2013 season they finished 7th.

Honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

Pro12 Table watch · edit · discuss
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Difference Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Wales Ospreys 6 6 0 0 183 84 +99 19 6 2 0 26
2 Scotland Glasgow Warriors 6 5 0 1 176 118 +58 21 10 3 0 23
3 Ireland Ulster 6 4 1 1 156 76 +80 17 6 3 1 22
4 Ireland Munster 6 4 0 2 130 77 +53 14 6 1 2 19
5 Ireland Connacht 6 4 1 1 94 102 −8 10 10 0 0 18
6 Ireland Leinster 6 3 0 3 151 104 +47 16 11 2 2 16
7 Wales Scarlets 6 2 2 2 139 124 +15 17 14 2 0 14
8 Scotland Edinburgh 6 2 1 3 84 149 −65 7 19 0 1 11
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 6 1 0 5 95 131 −36 8 14 1 2 7
10 Wales Cardiff Blues 6 1 1 4 124 172 −48 12 17 1 0 7
11 Italy Zebre 6 1 0 5 74 146 −72 7 17 0 1 5
12 Italy Benetton Treviso 6 0 0 6 67 190 −123 6 24 0 1 1

If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:[6]

  1. number of matches won;
  2. the difference between points for and points against;
  3. the number of tries scored;
  4. the most points scored;
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against;
  6. the fewest number of red cards received;
  7. the fewest number of yellow cards received.

Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places, and earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places, that earn a place in the European Rugby Champions Cup. The top team from each country will qualify.
Yellow background indicates the team that advances to a play-off semi-final against the seventh placed side from the Aviva Premiership, or the 2014–15 European Rugby Challenge Cup winners if they have not already qualified for the competition.[7]
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Season records[edit]

Pro12 League[edit]

Season Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2010–11 10th 22 9 0 13 2 38
2011–12 10th 22 7 0 15 8 36
2012–13 7th 22 10 2 10 6 50
2013–14 11th 22 5 1 16 8 30

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2000–01 Pool 1 2 6 5 0 1 - 10
2002–03 2nd Round Newcastle Falcons 43 – 32 Treviso (aggregate score)

Heineken Cup[edit]

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
1995–96 Pool 1 2 2 1 0 1 2
1996–97 Pool 1 4 4 1 0 3 2
1997–98 Pool 5 3 6 2 0 4 4
1998–99 Pool 4 3 6 3 0 3 6
1999–00 Pool 5 3 6 2 0 4 4
2001–02 Pool 2 4 6 1 0 5 2
2003–04 Pool 5 3 6 1 0 5 1 5
2004–05 Pool 2 3 6 3 0 3 2 14
2005–06 Pool 4 4 6 0 0 6 3 3
2006–07 Pool 1 4 6 0 0 6 0 0
2007–08 Pool 1 4 6 1 0 5 1 5
2008–09 Pool 3 4 6 0 0 6 0 0
2009–10 Pool 1 4 6 1 0 5 1 5
2010–11 Pool 5 4 6 0 0 6 1 1
2011–12 Pool 5 4 6 1 1 4 1 7
2012–13 Pool 2 4 6 1 0 5 1 5
2013–14 Pool 5 4 6 0 0 6 0 0

Stadium[edit]

The team play at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso, 4 km northwest of the city centre. The stadium has a capacity of 6,700.

Staff & Coaching Team[edit]

Head Coach – Umberto Casellato
Assistant Coach / Team Manager – Mauro Serafin - Franco Sbaraglini
Skills Coach – Martin Field-Dodgson
Head of Athletic Training – Fabio Benvenuto
Trainer – Giorgio Intoppa

Players[edit]

For player movements leading up to the 2014–15 season, see List of 2014–15 Pro12 transfers#Benetton Treviso.

Current squad[edit]

2014/15 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Davide Giazzon Hooker Italy Italy
Giovanni Maistri Hooker Italy Italy
Bruno Mercanti Hooker Argentina Argentina
Amar Kudin Hooker Italy Italy
Romulo Acosta Prop Argentina Argentina
Albert Anae Prop Australia Australia
Rupert Harden Prop England England
Salesi Manu Prop Australia Australia
Matteo Muccignat Prop Italy Italy
Josè Francisco Novak Prop Argentina Argentina
Matteo Zanusso Prop Italy Italy
Marco Fuser Lock Italy Italy
Marco Lazzaroni Lock Italy Italy
Antonio Pavanello (c) Lock Italy Italy
Meyer Swanepoel Lock South Africa South Africa
Tomas Vallejos Cinalli Lock Argentina Argentina
Cornelius van Zyl Lock Italy Italy
Marco Barbini Flanker Italy Italy
Dean Budd Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Paul Derbyshire Flanker Italy Italy
Simone Favaro Flanker Italy Italy
Francesco Minto Flanker Italy Italy
Alessandro Zanni Flanker Italy Italy
Leo Auva'a Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Mat Luamanu Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Player Position Union
Edoardo Gori Scrum-half Italy Italy
Alberto Lucchese Scrum-half Italy Italy
Henry Seniloli Scrum-half Fiji Fiji
James Ambrosini Fly-half Italy Italy
Joe Carlisle Fly-half England England
Simone Ragusi Fly-half Italy Italy
Enrico Bacchin Centre Italy Italy
Michele Campagnaro Centre Italy Italy
Jayden Hayward Centre New Zealand New Zealand
Luca Morisi Centre Italy Italy
Andrea Pratichetti Centre Italy Italy
Alberto Sgarbi Centre Italy Italy
Angelo Esposito Wing Italy Italy
Ludovico Nitoglia Wing Italy Italy
Sam Christie Fullback New Zealand New Zealand
Ruggero Trevisan Fullback Italy Italy
  • James Ambrosini is eligible to play internationally for Italy.
  • Players in bold capped internationally.
  • Players and their allocated positions from the Benetton Rugby Treviso Website.[8]

Selected former players[edit]

Former players who have played for Treviso and have caps for their respective country

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Championship of Excellence (Italian premiership)
  2. ^ "Italian teams to join Magners League". RTÉ News. 8 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Celtic League 2008/09 News : Aironi and Praetorians set for Magners League | Live Rugby News | ESPN Scrum". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  4. ^ Posted 11:22 21 July 2009 (2009-07-21). "International Rugby Union | Italy Rugby Union News". Planet Rugby. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Tue, Nov 03, 2009 – Italians' bid to join the League not a done deal". The Irish Times. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2011-11-11. 
  6. ^ Competition Rule 3.5 "Summary of Key Rules". Pro12. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Future of European Rugby resolved" (Press release). RFU. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  8. ^ http://www.benettonrugby.it/

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