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) Franco Smith
Captain(s) Antonio Pavanello
League(s) RaboDirect 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 RaboDirect Pro12 and the Heineken 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 Ireland Leinster (CH) 22 17 1 4 554 352 +202 57 30 8 4 82
2 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (RU) 22 18 0 4 484 309 +175 53 22 4 3 79
3 Ireland Munster (SF) 22 16 0 6 538 339 +199 56 27 7 3 74
4 Ireland Ulster (SF) 22 15 0 7 470 319 +151 45 26 6 4 70
5 Wales Ospreys 22 13 1 8 571 388 +183 59 32 6 6 66
6 Wales Scarlets 22 11 1 10 435 438 −3 43 45 3 6 55
7 Wales Cardiff Blues 22 8 1 13 425 538 −113 32 55 1 6 41
8 Scotland Edinburgh 22 7 0 15 397 526 −129 38 57 2 8 38
9 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 22 7 1 14 392 492 −100 34 46 0 5 35
10 Ireland Connacht 22 6 0 16 371 509 −138 42 54 4 7 35
11 Italy Benetton Treviso 22 5 1 16 376 591 −215 31 72 1 7 30
12 Italy Zebre 22 5 2 15 347 559 −212 35 59 0 5 29

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. Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

European Rugby Champions/Challenge Cup qualification: The top team from each country, plus the three highest-placed teams apart from those, will qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup. The remaining teams qualify for the European Rugby Challenge Cup. Updated 19 May 2014. Source: RaboDirect PRO12

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 – Franco Smith
Team Manager – Mauro Serafin
Assistant Coach / Team Manager – Marius Goosen
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]

2013/14 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
Enrico Ceccato Hooker Italy Italy
Leonardo Ghiraldini Hooker Italy Italy
Giovanni Maistri Hooker Italy Italy
Franco Sbaraglini Hooker Italy Italy
Lorenzo Cittadini Prop Italy Italy
Alberto de Marchi Prop Italy Italy
Pedro Di Santo Prop Italy Italy
Ignacio Fernandez Rouyet Prop Italy Italy
Matteo Muccignat Prop Italy Italy
Michele Rizzo Prop Italy Italy
Valerio Bernabò Lock Italy Italy
Marco Fuser Lock Italy Italy
Antonio Pavanello (c) Lock Italy Italy
Cornelius van Zyl Lock Italy Italy
Dean Budd Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Paul Derbyshire Flanker Italy Italy
Simone Favaro Flanker Italy Italy
Marco Filippucci Flanker Italy Italy
Francesco Minto Flanker Italy Italy
Alessandro Zanni Flanker Italy Italy
Manoa Vosawai Number 8 Italy Italy
Robert Barbieri Number 8 Italy Italy
Player Position Union
Tobias Botes Scrum-half Italy Italy
Edoardo Gori Scrum-half Italy Italy
Fabio Semenzato Scrum-half Italy Italy
James Ambrosini Fly-half Italy Italy
Matt Berquist Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Alberto Di Bernardo Fly-half Italy Italy
Michele Campagnaro Centre Italy Italy
Luca Morisi Centre Italy Italy
Andrea Pratichetti Centre Italy Italy
Alberto Sgarbi Centre Italy Italy
Angelo Esposito Wing Italy Italy
Christian Loamanu Wing Japan Japan
Ludovico Nitoglia Wing Italy Italy
Luke McLean Fullback Italy Italy
Brendan Williams Fullback Australia Australia
  • 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.[7]

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. ^ http://www.benettonrugby.it/

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