History of rugby union matches between Australia and Italy
Australia first played Italy on their way home from European tours in the 1970s, though they were not given full international status. The first encounter was in 1973 when Australia ran up 59 points to 21, but the second was the closest ever, with Italy losing by a single point 16-17. Officially the first test between the two countries was in 1983, following an Italian tour of Australia in 1981 in which the visitors acquitted themselves well against secondary opposition. They toured again in 1986 and played their first test match away from home. Two years later the Italians were soundly beaten at the end of the 1988 Wallabies tour, but their next tour of Australia in 1994 saw a big improvement with all state matches won and an unlucky defeat in the Brisbane test match. Since then results have generally been convincing wins to Australia, but the last in 2012 was a close one with Italy unlucky to lose by 3 points.
World Cup History
In 2011 they met for the first time in a World Cup match at the group stage in Auckland with Australia starting their campaign towards the semifinals with a 32-6 win.
Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.
|Drawn||Australia points||Italy points|
Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.
|Longest winning streak||16 (22 Oct 1983–Present)||NA|
|Largest points for|
|Home||69 (25 June 2005)||20 (9 November 2013)|
|Away||55 (3 December 1988)||21 (25 June 2005)|
|Largest winning margin|
|Home||48 (25 June 2005)||NA|
|Away||49 (3 December 1988)||NA|
Below is a list of matches that Italy has awarded matches test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but Australia did not award caps.
|4 November 1976||Arena Civica, Milan||15 – 16||Australia||Not considered full internationals by Australia|
|21 November 1973||Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila||21 – 59||Australia|
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