Gran Ducato Parma Rugby

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GranDucato Parma Rugby
Full name GranDucato Parma Rugby
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Founded 2010
Disbanded 2011
Location Parma, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma and Stadio Maini, Colorno
League(s) n/a
2010-11 5th (Excellence)
1st kit
2nd kit

GranDucato Parma Rugby is an ex Italian rugby union team founded in 2010 and disbanded in 2011.

History[edit]

Gran Parma Rugby was founded in 1999 following the merger of Amatori Parma Rugby and Rugby Noceto.

Between 1999 and 2002 they competed in Seria A2 and won promotion to Serie A1. They finished eighth in their first season in the top flight which gave them the right to join the newly formed Super 10 (now National Championship of Excellence). They made their European debut in 2002–03 in the European Shield.

GranDucato Parma Rugby was formed in June 2010 through the merger of Gran Parma Rugby, Rugby Colorno and Rugby Viadana.[1][2] With the formation of Aironi to play in the Magners League the best players and sponsorship from the three participating clubs was concentrated in this new single club Aironi. As a result of Aironi these three teams decided to merge their senior and U-20 teams in order to better compete in the National Championship of Excellence for the 2010/2011 season. The three teams continued to exist below the U-20 level independently with the goal of producing players for GranDucato, and ultimately Aironi and the national team.

Aironi struggled in the two season in the Magners League ran into financial difficulties and were replaced by Zebre. Viadana reformed as a professional team in the National Championship of Excellence.

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
2001–02 6 0 0 6 104 277
(Shield) 2002–03 2 1 0 1 41 46
2002–03 2 0 0 2 22 97
(Shield) 2003–04 2 1 0 1 58 75
2003–04 2 0 0 2 16 76
Shield 2004–05 2 1 0 1 26 55
2004–05 2 0 0 2 37 66
2006–07 6 0 0 6 84 296
2007–08 6 0 1 5 82 259

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