Crociati Parma Rugby FC

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Crociati Parma Rugby FC
Logo-Crociati-rugby.jpg
Full name Banca Monte Crociati Rugby Football Club
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Founded 2010; 4 years ago (2010)
Location Parma, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio XXV Aprile (Capacity: 3500)
President Italy Luigi G. Villani
Coach(es) Italy Francesco Mazzariol
Captain(s) Wales James Ireland
League(s) National Championship of Excellence
2010–11 4th (semi-finalist)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.crociatirugby.it
Former logo of Rugby Parma F.C.

Crociati Parma Rugby F.C. are an Italian rugby union club. They are based in Parma in Emilia-Romagna. They were founded in 2010 by the merger of Rugby Parma FC and FC Rugby Noceto.

Their first team Head Coach is Francesco Mazzariol, from Treviso, and they play at the Stadio XXV Aprile in Parma.

Rugby Parma[edit]

Rugby Parma was founded in 1931 by Gianni Penzi, Mario Pirazzoli and Peter Zini. In the following years the university organized friendly games, then began official competitions. In 1935 Parma joined the Italian first division. As a result of a break with the university in 1946, Rugby Parma was founded.

In the fifties Parma won three Italian championships (1949–1950, 1954–1955 and 1956–1957). In the sixties they won two youth championships (1961–1962 and 1966–1967). In 1973-1974 and 1987-1988 the team were relegated only to return immediately to the top flight. From the 1993-1994 to 1997-1998 they played in Seria A2. In 1998-1999 they were back in Seria A (renamed Super 10, now National Championship of Excellence).

On 2 June 2006, Parma defeated Newport Gwent Dragons of Wales 24-15 in the Heineken Cup 24th Place Play-off at Rodney Parade to claim the 24th and final spot in the 2006-07 Heineken Cup. In doing so they became the first Italian team to win the end of season Heineken Cup play-off (a match regularly contested between teams from the Celtic League and the Italian National Championship of Excellence), and ensured Italy would have three entrants in the competition, equal with Wales and Ireland, and one more than Scotland.

Crociati Rugby FC[edit]

Crociati Rugby FC were formed in June 2010 by the merger of Overmach Rugby Parma FC and Noceto Rugby FC.[1] The club ran a senior team that competed in the National Championship of Excellence and an under-20s team. They will be based at Stadio XX Aprile, Moletolo, Parma. In 2010/2011 the new club also competed in the Amlin Challenge Cup.

Each merging club maintained independent youth sections up to under-20 level. The merger was made necessary by the formation of Aironi to compete in the Magners League from 2010/2011. Both clubs were shareholders in Aironi. With the best players and sponsorship now being concentrated in Aironi the clubs could not financially field individual professional rugby teams.

Aironi struggled in the two season in the Magners League ran into financial difficulties and were replaced by Zebre.

Current squad[edit]

2011–12 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
Carlo Festuccia Hooker Italy Italy
Andrea Manici Hooker Italy Italy
Marco Coletti Prop Italy Italy
Daniele Goegan Prop Italy Italy
Luigi Milani Prop Italy Italy
Francesco Pepoli Prop Italy Italy
Pardeep Singh Prop Italy Italy
Flavio Tripodi Prop Italy Italy
Lorenzo Contini Lock Italy Italy
Doug Fletcher Lock New Zealand New Zealand
Filippo Gerosa Lock Italy Italy
Michael van Vuuren Lock Italy Italy
Emiliano Caffini Flanker Italy Italy
Diego Del Nevo Flanker Italy Italy
Edoardo Ruffolo Flanker Italy Italy
Giuseppe Sciaccia Flanker Italy Italy
Gabriele Cicchinelli Number 8 Italy Italy
Roberto Mandelli Number 8 Italy Italy
Player Position Union
Filippo Casalini Scrum-half Italy Italy
James Ireland Scrum-half Wales Wales
Jacopo Zucconi Scrum-half Italy Italy
Davide Farolini Fly-half Italy Italy
Francesco Ruffolo Fly-half Italy Italy
Sebastian Damiani Centre Italy Italy
Ross McCann Centre Scotland Scotland
Luca Morisi Centre Italy Italy
Benjamin Vengoa Centre Italy Italy
Giovanni Alberghini Wing Italy Italy
Luca Carritiello Wing Italy Italy
Hamid En Naour Wing Italy Italy
Timi Enodeh Wing Italy Italy
Marco Gennari Fullback Italy Italy
Federico Magri Fullback Italy Italy
Giulio Rubini Fullback Italy Italy

Internationally capped players[edit]

Notable former players[edit]

Parma rugby honours[edit]

Statistics[edit]

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
2000-01 6 0 0 6 92 262
2001-02 5 2 0 3 127 162
(Shield) 2002-2003 4 2 0 2 88 90
2002-03 2 0 0 2 24 82
(Shield) 2003-2004 6 3 0 3 150 128
2003-04 2 0 0 2 34 58
2004-05 4 2 0 2 73 116
2005-06 6 1 0 5 74 206
2007-08 6 1 0 5 104 157
2008-09 6 3 0 3 165 120
2009-10 6 2 0 4 78 145
2010-11 4 0 0 4 37 178

Heineken Cup[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
2006-07 6 1 0 5 79 271

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://rugby1823.blogosfere.it/2010/06/super-10-sono-nati-i-crociati-di-parma.html

External links[edit]