History of rugby union matches between Australia and Italy

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Australia and Italy have played each other at rugby union a total of 15 matches, all won by Australia.[1]

History[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Summary[edit]

Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.

Overall[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Australia
Won by
 Italy
Drawn Australia points Italy points
In Italy 9 9 0 0 317 125
In Australia 6 6 0 0 216 86
Neutral venue 1 1 0 0 32 6
Overall 16 16 0 0 565 217

Records[edit]

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Australia Italy
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

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
16 9 November 2013 Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Turin 20 – 50  Australia 2013 end of year test
15 24 November 2012 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 19 – 22  Australia 2012 end of year test
14 11 September 2011 North Harbour Stadium, North Shore City, New Zealand 32 – 6  Australia 2011 Rugby World Cup
13 20 November 2010 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 14 – 32  Australia
12 20 June 2009 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 34 – 12  Australia
11 13 June 2009 Canberra Stadium, Canberra 31 – 8  Australia
10 8 November 2008 Stadio Euganeo, Padova 20 – 30  Australia
9 11 November 2006 Stadio Flaminio, Rome 18 – 25  Australia
8 25 June 2005 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 69 – 21  Australia
7 23 November 2002 Stadio Marassi, Genova 3 – 34  Australia
6 23 October 1996 Stadio Plebiscito, Padua 18 – 40  Australia
5 25 June 1994 Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne 20 – 7  Australia
4 18 June 1994 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 23 – 20  Australia
3 3 December 1988 Stadio Flaminio, Rome 6 – 55  Australia
2 1 June 1986 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 39 – 18  Australia
1 22 October 1983 Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo 7 – 29  Australia

XV Results[edit]

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.

Date Venue Score Winner Comments
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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