Gran Ducato Parma Rugby
|Full name||GranDucato Parma Rugby|
|Union||Federazione Italiana Rugby|
|Ground(s)||Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi, Parma and Stadio Maini, Colorno|
GranDucato Parma Rugby was an Italian rugby union team founded in 2010 and disbanded in 2011.
Gran Parma Rugby was founded in 1999 following the merger of Amatori Parma Rugby and Rugby Noceto.
From 1999 to 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. With the formation of Aironi to play in the Magners League, the best players and sponsorship from the three participating clubs were 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