Benetton Rugby Treviso
|Full name||Benetton Rugby Treviso|
|Union||Federazione Italiana Rugby|
|Ground(s)||Stadio Comunale di Monigo (Capacity: 6,700)|
|Director of Rugby||Marius Goosen|
Benetton Rugby Treviso (Italian pronunciation: [ˌbenetˈton ˈrɛɡbi treˈviːzo] or Italian pronunciation: [ˌbenetˈton ˈraɡbi treˈviːzo]) is an Italian professional rugby union team based in Treviso, Veneto competing in the Guinness Pro12 and the European Rugby Champions Cup.
Treviso was founded in 1932 and has won 15 Italian national championships. 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.
The President of Treviso Rugby is Amerino Zatta.
- 1 History
- 2 Honours
- 3 Current standings
- 4 Season records
- 5 Stadium
- 6 Staff and Coaching Team
- 7 Current squad
- 8 Selected former players
- 9 Franchise Area
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Amateur era: 1932–1995
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
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. 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. 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, 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. However, Pretorians Roma failed to satisfy financial criteria, and Treviso instead joined the Celtic League (renamed the Pro12). Treviso finished their first two season in the Pro12 (2010–11 and 2011–12) in 10th place, while in the 2012–13 season they finished 7th.
- National Championship of Excellence:
- Coppa Italia:
- Champions: 1970, 1998, 2005, 2010
|Team||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Points for||Points against||Points diff||Tries for||Tries against||Try bonus||Losing bonus||Points|
|10||Newport Gwent Dragons||6||1||0||5||90||139||−49||9||16||1||2||7|
|If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order:
Green background (rows 1 to 4) are play-off places, and earn a place in the 2017–18 European Rugby Champions Cup.
European Challenge Cup / Rugby Challenge Cup
|2002–03||2nd round||Newcastle Falcons 43 – 32 Treviso (aggregate score)|
Heineken Cup / Rugby Champions Cup
Staff and Coaching Team
- Director of Rugby – Marius Goosen
- Head Coach – Kieran Crowley
- Assistant Coach – Fabio Ongaro
- Assistant Coach – Ezio Galon
- Assistant Coach – Marco Bortolami
- Team Manager – Enrico Ceccato
- Trainer – Fabio Benvenuto – Gabriele Rossi
2016-17 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.
- Players in bold capped internationally.
- Players qualified to play for Italy on residency or dual nationality. *
- Players and their allocated positions from the Benetton Rugby Treviso Website.
Selected former players
Former players who have played for Treviso and have caps for Italy
Former players who have played for Treviso and have caps for your Representative Team
Treviso is an executive member of the historical territorial representative of I Dogi (the Doges) that have recovered in 2015 and represents several clubs in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Currently no provision is made for a selection Seniors who take the field with the shirt of the Doges: to represent its brand and colors are at this stage the representative under-14, under-16 male and female under-18 male and female managed by Veneto Regional Committee. May occur during the right conditions, there is still the desire to be able to field, even if it is currently not a priority.
- National Championship of Excellence
- "Italian teams to join Magners League". RTÉ News. 8 March 2010.
- "Celtic League 2008/09 News : Aironi and Praetorians set for Magners League | Live Rugby News | ESPN Scrum". Scrum.com. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- "International Rugby Union | Italy Rugby Union News". Planet Rugby. 21 July 2009. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- "Tue, Nov 03, 2009 – Italians' bid to join the League not a done deal". The Irish Times. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
- Competition Rule 3.5 "Summary of Key Rules". Pro12. Retrieved 13 November 2013.