Amatori Rugby Milano

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Amatori Milano
Full name Amatori Rugby Milano
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Nickname(s) I Tori (The Bulls)
Founded 1927
Disbanded 2011
Ground(s) Arena Civica, Milan (Capacity: 10.000)
Top scorer Diego Domínguez (2,966)
League(s) n/a
2010–11 12th (Serie A)
1st kit
2nd kit

Amatori Rugby Milano are an ex Italian rugby union team based in Milan disbanded in 2011.

Founded in 1927 as part of the football team Ambrosiana-Inter of Milan, the club won the first ever Italian championship in 1929 and ever since have won 18 domestic championships that made them Italy's most titled rugby union team. The club members named themselves Amatori Rugby Milano as soon as Ambrosiana-Inter dropped their rugby union branch in 1929.

Between 1988 and 1997 Amatori Milano was part of the A.C. Milan sport club under the ownership of Silvio Berlusconi and won 4 domestic championship; when Berlusconi dropped the sport club in order to keep the football team only Amatori folded; the club were revived in 2002 and is currently coached by Marcello Cuttitta, a former Italian international rugby union player that played for Amatori in the 1990s.

History[edit]

Amatori Rugby Milano was founded in 1928 as Ambrosiana Milano, branch of the Ambrosiana Football Club, that today is known as Internazionale Milano F.C. The club won the first ever Italian domestic championship (today, the National Championship of Excellence) in 1929. Amatori Rugby Milano would dominate the coming years; winning back-to-back titles in 1931, 1932 and 1933. Amatori Rugby Milano won the championship again in 1936, and then twice more during the decade, in total throughout the 1930s, winning the national championship on eight occasions. The 1940s were also a highly successful time for the club; winning the championship after their 1939 victory once again in 1940, which was then following by successful championships three seasons in a row to 1943. Amatori Rugby Milano won a fifth title that decade, winning the 1946 season as well.

The following years were very quiet in contrast to the dominance of the 1930s and 1940s. The club however won a number of titles during the 1990s as well; capturing the 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1996 national championships, as well as winning the Coppa Italia for the first time in the club's history in the 1995 season. During the early 2000s Amatori Rugby Milano were in Serie C, but quickly found qualification to Serie B.

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