Benetton Rugby Treviso

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Benetton Rugby Treviso
Bennotton rugby.svg
Full name Benetton Rugby Treviso
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Founded 1932; 84 years ago (1932)
Location Treviso, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio Comunale di Monigo (Capacity: 6,700)
President Amerino Zatta
Director of Rugby Marius Goosen
Coach(es) Kieran Crowley
Captain(s) Alessandro Zanni
League(s) Pro12
2014–15 11th
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.benettonrugby.it

Benetton Rugby Treviso (Italian pronunciation: [ˌbenetˈton ˈrɛɡbi 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.

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 (2010–11 and 2011–12) in 10th place, while in the 2012–13 season they finished 7th.

Honours[edit]

Current standings[edit]

2015–16 Pro12 watch · edit · discuss
Team Played Won Drawn Lost Points For Points Against Points Diff Tries For Tries Against Try Bonus Losing Bonus Points
1 Ireland Leinster (RU) 22 16 0 6 458 290 +168 51 27 6 3 73
2 Ireland Connacht (CH) 22 15 0 7 507 406 +101 60 46 8 5 73
3 Scotland Glasgow Warriors (SF) 22 14 1 7 557 380 +177 68 37 8 6 72
4 Ireland Ulster (SF) 22 14 0 8 488 307 +181 61 29 8 5 69
5 Wales Scarlets 22 14 0 8 477 458 +19 45 54 2 5 63
6 Ireland Munster 22 13 0 9 459 417 +42 56 36 6 5 63
7 Wales Cardiff Blues 22 11 0 11 542 461 +81 62 53 5 7 56
8 Wales Ospreys 22 11 1 10 490 455 +35 55 49 6 3 55
9 Scotland Edinburgh 22 11 0 11 405 366 +39 41 36 2 8 54
10 Wales Newport Gwent Dragons 22 4 0 18 353 492 −139 33 57 0 10 26
11 Italy Zebre 22 5 0 17 308 718 −410 35 99 3 1 24
12 Italy Benetton Treviso 22 3 0 19 320 614 −294 35 79 0 8 20
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) were play-off places, and earned places in the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup.
Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places that earned places in the European Rugby Champions Cup.
To facilitate the 2015 Rugby World Cup, there were no play-offs for the 2016–17 European Rugby Champions Cup; the 20th place went to the winner of the 2015–16 European Rugby Challenge Cup if not already qualified. Because Challenge Cup winner Montpellier qualified via the Top 14, its place passed to the top team from that league not already qualified.
Plain background indicates teams that earned a place in the 2016–17 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
2014–15 11th 22 3 1 18 5 19

European Challenge Cup / Rugby 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 / Rugby Champions 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
2014–15 Pool 5 4 6 1 0 5 0 4

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 and Coaching Team[edit]

Current squad[edit]

2016–17 Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Luca Bigi Hooker Italy Italy
Ornel Gega Hooker Italy Italy
Davide Giazzon Hooker Italy Italy
Roberto Santamaria Hooker Italy Italy
Alberto De Marchi Prop Italy Italy
Simone Ferrari Prop Italy Italy
Filippo Filippetto Prop Italy Italy
Tiziano Pasquali Prop Italy Italy
Nicola Quaglio Prop Italy Italy
Cherif Traorè Prop Italy Italy
Federico Zani Prop Italy Italy
Matteo Zanusso Prop Italy Italy
Marco Fuser Lock Italy Italy
Filippo Gerosa Lock Italy Italy
Marco Lazzaroni Lock Italy Italy
Jean-François Montauriol Lock Italy Italy
Filo Paulo Lock Samoa Samoa
Robert Barbieri Flanker Italy Italy
Marco Barbini Flanker Italy Italy
Dean Budd* Flanker New Zealand New Zealand
Francesco Minto Flanker Italy Italy
Guglielmo Zanini Flanker Italy Italy
Braam Steyn Number 8 Italy Italy
Alessandro Zanni (c) Number 8 Italy Italy
Player Position Union
Giorgio Bronzini Scrum-half Italy Italy
Edoardo Gori Scrum-half Italy Italy
Tito Tebaldi Scrum-half Italy Italy
Tommaso Allan Fly-half Italy Italy
Marty Banks Fly-half New Zealand New Zealand
Ian McKinley Fly-half Ireland Ireland
Tommaso Benvenuti Centre Italy Italy
Tommaso Iannone Centre Italy Italy
Luca Morisi Centre Italy Italy
Andrea Pratichetti Centre Italy Italy
Alberto Sgarbi Centre Italy Italy
Andrea Buondonno Wing Italy Italy
Angelo Esposito Wing Italy Italy
Luca Sperandio Wing Italy Italy
Michael Tagicakibau Wing Fiji Fiji
Jayden Hayward Fullback New Zealand New Zealand
Luke McLean Fullback Italy Italy
David Odiete Fullback Italy Italy
  • 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.[7]

Extended Playing Squad[edit]

Additional members of the Extended Playing Squad:[8]

Selected former players[edit]

Italian players[edit]

Former players who have played for Treviso and have caps for Italy

Overseas players[edit]

Former players who have played for Treviso and have caps for your Representative Team

Franchise Area[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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