Italian Rugby Federation

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This article is about F.I.R - Federazione Italiana Rugby. For other uses, see FIR (disambiguation).
Italian Rugby Federation
Federazione Italiana Rugby
Association crest
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1928
WR affiliation 1987
Rugby Europe affiliation 1934
President Alfredo Gavazzi
Men's coach Jacques Brunel
Women's coach Andrea Di Giandomenico
Official website www.federugby.it

The Italian Rugby Federation (Italian: Federazione Italiana Rugby) or FIR is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in Italy. The FIR has one seat on the 28-member World Rugby Council, the governing body of World Rugby. (All other members of the Six Nations have two seats on the Council.)

There are two fully professional Italian clubs that play in the Pro12, in the European Rugby Champions Cup and in the European Rugby Challenge CupBenetton Rugby Treviso and Zebre. There are ten semi-professional Italian clubs that play in the National Championship of Excellence, four of which qualify to play in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition to qualify to the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

History[edit]

On 25 July 1911 a Propaganda Committee was formed to promote the sport of rugby union in Italy. In 1928 this body became the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR). In 1934 the FIR were founder members of the Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur, now known as Rugby Europe.

The FIR joined the International Rugby Football Board, later known as the International Rugby Board and now as World Rugby, in 1987 when they took part in the inaugural World Cup. The Italy national rugby union team have played in the Six Nations Championship since 2000.

Italy bid to host the 2015 Rugby World Cup came close to winning but lost to England by just three votes.[1]

Leadership[edit]

National teams[edit]

The FIR is responsible for fielding several national teams:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ESPN Scrum, Italian rugby chief wades into euro row, Sep. 20, 2012, http://www.espnscrum.com/heineken-cup-2012-13/rugby/story/170055.html

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