Italy at the Rugby World Cup

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Italy have competed in all the Rugby World Cup tournaments, having made their first appearance in the inaugural 1987 tournament. They have finished third in their pool at every tournament, except in 1999, the only tournament where they lost more than two games. Having never finished in the top two in their pool, they have never qualified to progress to the quarter-finals. They are the best performed team of those that have never made it to the quarter-finals.

Because they finished third in Pool C of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, they automatically qualified to compete in the 2011 tournament in New Zealand. A similar finishing position in that tournament saw them automatically qualify for the 2015 World Cup in England.

By position[edit]

Scotland vs Italy at St Etienne, 2007 World Cup
Year Round Position Played Won Drew Lost For Against
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Pool 3 1 2 40 110
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Pool 3 1 2 57 76
South Africa 1995 Pool 3 1 2 69 94
Wales 1999 Pool 3 3 35 196
Australia 2003 Pool 4 2 2 77 123
France 2007 Pool 4 2 2 85 117
New Zealand 2011 Pool 4 2 2 92 95
England 2015 Pool 4 2 2 74 88
Japan 2019
Total 28 11 17 529 899

Matches[edit]

1987 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 3 matches -

Team P W D L PF PA Pts
 New Zealand 3 3 0 0 190 34 6
 Fiji 3 1 0 2 56 101 2
 Argentina 3 1 0 2 49 90 2
 Italy 3 1 0 2 40 110 2

Fiji qualified for the highest number of tries (Fiji 6, Italy 5, Argentina 4)

1987-05-22
New Zealand  70 – 6  Italy
Tries: Kirwan (2)
Kirk (2)
Green (2)
Penalty try
Jones
Taylor
McDowell
Stanley
Whetton
Con: Fox (8)
Pen: Fox (2)
Pen: Collodo
Drop: Collodo
Eden Park, Auckland
Attendance: 20,000
Referee: Bob Fordham Australia

1987-05-28
Argentina  25 – 16  Italy
Tries: Lanza
Gómez
Con: Porta
Pen:Porta (5)
Tries: Innocenti
Cuttitta
Con: Collodo
Pen: Collodo (2)
Lancaster Park, Christchurch
Referee: Roger Quittenton England

1987-05-31
Fiji  15 – 18  Italy
Try: Naivilawasa
Con: Koroduadua
Pen: Koroduadua (2)
Drop: Quro
Tries: Cuttitta
Cucchiella
Mascioletti
Pen: Collodo
Drop: Collodo
Carisbrook, Dunedin
Referee: Keith Lawrence New Zealand

1991 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool A matches -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 New Zealand 3 0 0 95 39 9
 England 2 0 1 85 33 7
 Italy 1 0 2 57 76 5
 United States 0 0 3 24 113 3
1991-10-05
Italy  30 – 9  United States
Tries: Barba, Francescato, Vaccari, Gaetaniello
Con: Dominguez (4)
Pen: Dominguez (2)
Tries: Swords
Con: Williams
Pen: Williams
Cross Green, Otley
Referee: Owen Doyle Republic of Ireland

1991-10-08
England  36 – 6  Italy
Tries: Guscott (2), Underwood, Webb
Con: Webb (4)
Pen: Webb (4)
Tries: Cuttitta
Con: Dominguez
Twickenham, London
Referee: Brian Anderson Scotland

1991-10-13
Italy  21 – 31  New Zealand
Tries: Cuttitta, Bonomi
Con: Dominguez (2)
Pen: Dominguez (3)
Tries: Brooke, Innes, Tuigamala, Hewett
Con: Fox (3)
Pen: Fox (3)
Welford Road, Leicester
Attendance: 16,800
Referee: Kerry Fitzgerald Australia

1995 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool B matches -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 England 3 0 0 95 60 9
 Western Samoa 2 0 1 96 88 7
 Italy 1 0 2 69 94 5
 Argentina 0 0 3 69 87 3
1995-05-27
Italy  18 – 42  Western Samoa
Tries: Paolo Vaccari, Marcello Cuttitta
Con: Diego Dominguez
Pen: Diego Dominguez
Drop: Diego Dominguez
Tries: Brian Lima (2), George Harder (3), Darren Kellet, Shem Tatupu
Con: Darren Kellet (2)
Pen: Darren Kellet (1)
Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London
Attendance: 11 000
Referee: Joel Dume France

1995-05-31
England  27 – 20  Italy
Tries: Rory Underwood, Tony Underwood
Con: Rob Andrew
Pen: Rob Andrew (5)
Tries: Massimo Cuttitta, Paolo Vaccari
Con: Diego Dominguez (2)
Pen: Diego Dominguez (2)
Kings Park Stadium, Durban
Attendance: 21 000
Referee: Stephen Hilditch (Ireland)

1995-06-04
Argentina  25 – 31  Italy
Tries: Matias Corral, Rolando Martin, José Cilley
Con: José Cilley
Pen: José Cilley
Tries: Paolo Vaccari, Mario Gerosa, Diego Dominguez
Con: Diego Dominguez (2)
Pen: Diego Dominguez (4)
Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London
Attendance: 11 000
Referee: Clayton Thomas Wales

1999 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool 2 matches -

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 New Zealand 3 0 0 176 28 6
 England 2 0 1 184 47 4
 Tonga 1 0 2 48 171 2
 Italy 0 0 3 35 196 0



2003 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Group D matches -

Team Won Drawn Lost For123 Against BP Points
 New Zealand 4 0 0 282 57 4 20
 Wales 3 0 1 132 98 2 14
 Italy 2 0 2 77 123 0 8
 Canada 1 0 3 54 135 1 5
 Tonga 0 0 4 46 178 1 1
2003-10-11
New Zealand  70 – 7  Italy
Tries: B. Thorn, R. Thorne, Howlett (2), Spencer (2), Rokocoko (2), Marshall, Carter, MacDonald
Con: Carter (6)
Pen: Spencer
Tries: Phillips
Con: Peens
Telstra Dome, Melbourne
Attendance: 41,715
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

2003-10-15
Italy  36 – 12  Tonga
Tries: M. Dallan, D. Dallan (2)
Con: Wakarua (3)
Pen: Wakarua (5)
Tries: Payne, Tu'ifua
Con: Tu'ipulotu
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 18,967
Referee: Steve Walsh New Zealand

2003-10-21
Italy  19 – 14  Canada
Tries: Parisse
Con: Wakarua
Pen: Wakarua (4)
Tries: Fyffe
Pen: Barker (3)
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 20,515
Referee: Paddy O'Brien New Zealand

2003-10-25
Italy  15 – 27  Wales
Pen: Wakarua (5) Tries: M. Jones, Parker, D. Jones
Con: Harris (3)
Pen: Harris (3)
Canberra Stadium
Attendance: 22,641
Referee: Andrew Cole Australia

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Pool C matches -

Team Pld W D L TF PF PA +/- BP Pts
 New Zealand 4 4 0 0 46 309 35 +274 4 20
 Scotland 4 3 0 1 14 116 66 +50 2 14
 Italy 4 2 0 2 8 85 117 −32 1 9
 Romania 4 1 0 3 5 40 161 −121 1 5
 Portugal 4 0 0 4 4 38 209 −171 1 1
  ITA NZL POR ROM SCO
Italy 14 – 76 31 – 5 24 – 18 16 – 18
New Zealand 108 – 13 85 – 8 40 – 0
Portugal 10 – 14 10 – 56
Romania 0 – 42
Scotland

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Main article: 2011 Rugby World Cup

Pool C of the 2011 Rugby World Cup began on 11 September 2011 and was completed on 2 October. The pool was composed of Australia, Ireland, Italy, Russia and the United States.[1]

Key to colours in pool tables
Advanced to the quarter-finals and qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup
Eliminated but qualified for 2015 Rugby World Cup
Team
Pld W D L TF PF PA +/− BP Pts
 Ireland 4 4 0 0 15 135 34 +101 1 17
 Australia 4 3 0 1 25 173 48 +125 3 15
 Italy 4 2 0 2 13 92 95 −3 2 10
 United States 4 1 0 3 4 38 122 −84 0 4
 Russia 4 0 0 4 8 57 196 −139 1 1

All times are local New Zealand time (UTC+12 until 24 September, UTC+13 from 25 September[2])


11 September 2011
15:30
Australia  32 – 6  Italy
Try: Alexander 50' m
Ashley-Cooper 55' c
O'Connor 58' c
Ioane 66' c
Con: O'Connor (3/4)
Pen: Cooper (2/3) 19', 30'
Report Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (2/3) 38', 40+'
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland
Attendance: 25,731
Referee: Alain Rolland (Ireland)
Australia
FB 15 Kurtley Beale
RW 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper
OC 13 Anthony Fainga'a Substituted off 48'
IC 12 Pat McCabe
LW 11 Digby Ioane
FH 10 Quade Cooper
SH 9 Will Genia Substituted off 62'
N8 8 Radike Samo
OF 7 David Pocock Substituted off 61'
BF 6 Rocky Elsom Substituted off 69'
RL 5 James Horwill (c)
LL 4 Daniel Vickerman Substituted off 69'
TP 3 Ben Alexander Substituted off 65'
HK 2 Stephen Moore Substituted off 62' Substituted in 74' Substituted off 78'
LP 1 Sekope Kepu
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau Substituted in 62' Substituted off 74' Substituted in 78'
PR 17 James Slipper Substituted in 65'
LK 18 Rob Simmons Substituted in 69'
N8 19 Ben McCalman Substituted in 61'
FL 20 Scott Higginbotham Substituted in 69'
SH 21 Luke Burgess Substituted in 62'
WG 22 James O'Connor Substituted in 48'
Coach:
New Zealand Robbie Deans
Italy
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia Substituted off 62'
LW 11 Mirco Bergamasco
FH 10 Luciano Orquera Substituted off 73'
SH 9 Fabio Semenzato Substituted off 70'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Robert Barbieri Substituted off 52'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Corniel van Zyl
LL 4 Carlo Del Fava Substituted off 61'
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted off 74'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini
LP 1 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted off 68' Substituted in 74'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice
PR 17 Lorenzo Cittadini Substituted in 68'
LK 18 Marco Bortolami Substituted in 61'
FL 19 Paul Derbyshire Substituted in 52'
SH 20 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 70'
FH 21 Riccardo Bocchino Substituted in 73'
FB 22 Luke McLean Substituted in 62'
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett

Man of the Match:
James Horwill (Australia)

Touch judges:
Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Giulio De Santis (Italy)


20 September 2011
19:30
Italy  53 – 17  Russia
Try: Parisse 6' c
Toniolatti (2) 13' m, 23' c
Benvenuti (2) 16' m, 48' m
Penalty try 29' c
Gori 37' c
McLean 64' m
Zanni 77' m
Con: Bocchino (4/6)
Benvenuti (0/3)
Pen: Bocchino (0/1)
Report Try: Yanyushkin 34' c
Ostroushko 50' m
Makovetski 71' m
Con: Rachkov (1/3)
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Attendance: 12,418
Referee: Wayne Barnes (England)
Italy
FB 15 Andrea Masi Substituted off 60'
RW 14 Giulio Toniolatti
OC 13 Tommaso Benvenuti
IC 12 Matteo Pratichetti
LW 11 Luke McLean
FH 10 Riccardo Bocchino Substituted off 73'
SH 9 Edoardo Gori Substituted off 57'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c) Substituted off 57'
OF 7 Mauro Bergamasco Substituted off 36'Substituted in 47'
BF 6 Paul Derbyshire
RL 5 Marco Bortolami Substituted off 48'
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys
TP 3 Lorenzo Cittadini
HK 2 Fabio Ongaro Temporarily suspended from 33' to 43' 33' to 43' Substituted off 47'
LP 1 Salvatore Perugini Substituted off 48'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tommaso D'Apice Substituted in 36'
PR 17 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted in 48'
LK 18 Corniel van Zyl Substituted in 48'
FL 19 Alessandro Zanni Substituted in 57'
SH 20 Pablo Canavosio Substituted in 57'
OC 21 Gonzalo Canale Substituted in 73'
FB 22 Alberto Sgarbi Substituted in 60'
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett
Russia
FB 15 Igor Klyuchnikov Substituted off 33'
RW 14 Vasily Artemyev
OC 13 Andrei Kuzin
IC 12 Alexei Makovetskiy
LW 11 Vladimir Ostroushko
FH 10 Konstantin Rachkov
SH 9 Alexander Shakirov Substituted off 28'
N8 8 Victor Gresev
OF 7 Andrei Garbuzov Substituted off 69'
BF 6 Viacheslav Grachev Substituted off 64'
RL 5 Adam Byrnes Substituted off 65'
LL 4 Alexander Voytov
TP 3 Ivan Prishchepenko Substituted off 77'
HK 2 Vladislav Korshunov (c) Substituted off 61'
LP 1 Vladmimir Botvinnikov Substituted off 54'Substituted in 77'
Replacements:
HK 16 Valeri Tsnobiladze Substituted in 61'
PR 17 Alexander Khrokin Substituted in 54'
LK 18 Denis Antonov Substituted in 65'
FL 19 Artem Fatakhov Substituted in 64'
SH 20 Alexander Yanyushkin Substituted in 28'
WG 21 Mikhail Sidorov Substituted in 69'
FB 22 Yuri Kushnarev Substituted in 33'
Coaches:
Russia Nikolay Nerush
Wales Kingsley Jones

Man of the Match:
Victor Gresev (Russia)

Touch judges:
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


27 September 2011
19:30
Italy  27 – 10  United States
Try: Parisse 3' c
Orquera 30' m
Castrogiovanni 40' m
Penalty try 66' c
Con: Mi. Bergamasco (2/4)
Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (1/1) 22'
Report Try: Wyles 18' c
Con: Wyles (1/1)
Pen: Wyles (1/1) 28'
Trafalgar Park, Nelson
Attendance: 14,997
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Italy
FB 15 Luke McLean
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti Substituted off 54'
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia
LW 11 Mirco Bergamasco Substituted off 70'
FH 10 Luciano Orquera Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Fabio Semenzato Substituted off 67'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c)
OF 7 Mauro Bergamasco
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Corniel van Zyl
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted off 72'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 73'
LP 1 Salvatore Perugini Substituted off 51'Substituted in 72'
Replacements:
HK 16 Fabio Ongaro Substituted in 73'
PR 17 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted in 51'
LK 18 Marco Bortolami
FL 19 Paul Derbyshire Substituted in 70'
SH 20 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 67'
FH 21 Riccardo Bocchino Substituted in 67'
WG 22 Giulio Toniolatti Substituted in 54'
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett
United States
FB 15 Chris Wyles
RW 14 Takudzwa Ngwenya
OC 13 Paul Emerick
IC 12 Andrew Suniula Substituted off 72'
LW 11 James Paterson
FH 10 Roland Suniula Substituted off 46'
SH 9 Mike Petri Substituted off 64'
N8 8 Nic Johnson Substituted off 68'
OF 7 Todd Clever (c)
BF 6 Louis Stanfill Temporarily suspended from 59' to 69' 59' to 69'
RL 5 Hayden Smith
LL 4 John van der Giessen
TP 3 Matekitonga Moeakiola Sent to blood bin 8' to 14' Substituted off 56'
HK 2 Chris Biller Substituted off 29'
LP 1 Mike MacDonald
Replacements:
HK 16 Phil Thiel Substituted in 29'
PR 17 Shawn Pittman Substituted in 8'Substituted off 14'Substituted in 56'
LK 18 Scott LaValla Substituted in 68'
FL 19 Pat Danahy
SH 20 Tim Usasz Substituted in 64'
FH 21 Valenese Malifa Substituted in 72'
FB 22 Blaine Scully Substituted in 46'
Coach:
Ireland Eddie O'Sullivan

Man of the Match:
Martin Castrogiovanni (Italy)

Touch judges:
Wayne Barnes (England)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


2 October 2011
20:30
Ireland  36 – 6  Italy
Try: O'Driscoll 47' c
Earls (2) 52' c, 80+' c
Con: O'Gara (2/2)
Sexton (1/1)
Pen: O'Gara (4/5) 7', 18', 35', 44'
Sexton (1/1) 70'
Report Pen: Mi. Bergamasco (2/3) 11', 21'
Otago Stadium, Dunedin
Attendance: 28,027
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Ireland
FB 15 Rob Kearney
RW 14 Tommy Bowe
OC 13 Brian O'Driscoll (c) Substituted off 74'
IC 12 Gordon d'Arcy
LW 11 Keith Earls
FH 10 Ronan O'Gara Substituted off 67'
SH 9 Conor Murray Substituted off 74'
N8 8 Jamie Heaslip
OF 7 Sean O'Brien
BF 6 Stephen Ferris Substituted off 73'
RL 5 Paul O'Connell
LL 4 Donncha O'Callaghan Substituted off 59'
TP 3 Mike Ross
HK 2 Rory Best Substituted off 53'
LP 1 Cian Healy Substituted off 73'
Replacements:
HK 16 Sean Cronin Substituted in 53'
PR 17 Tom Court Substituted in 73'
LK 18 Donnacha Ryan Substituted in 59'
N8 19 Denis Leamy Substituted in 73'
SH 20 Eoin Reddan Substituted in 74'
FH 21 Jonathan Sexton Substituted in 67'
WG 22 Andrew Trimble Substituted in 74'
Coach:
Ireland Declan Kidney
Italy
FB 15 Andrea Masi
RW 14 Tommaso Benvenuti
OC 13 Gonzalo Canale
IC 12 Gonzalo Garcia
LW 11 Mirco Bergamasco
FH 10 Luciano Orquera Substituted off 41'
SH 9 Fabio Semenzato Substituted off 57'
N8 8 Sergio Parisse (c) Substituted off 77'
OF 7 Mauro Bergamasco Substituted off 49'
BF 6 Alessandro Zanni
RL 5 Corniel van Zyl Substituted off 61'
LL 4 Quintin Geldenhuys
TP 3 Martin Castrogiovanni Substituted off 37'
HK 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini Substituted off 67'
LP 1 Salvatore Perugini
Replacements:
HK 16 Fabio Ongaro Substituted in 67'
PR 17 Andrea Lo Cicero Substituted in 37'
LK 18 Marco Bortolami Substituted in 61'
FL 19 Paul Derbyshire Substituted in 49'
SH 20 Edoardo Gori Substituted in 57'
FH 21 Riccardo Bocchino Substituted in 41'
FB 22 Luke McLean Substituted in 77'
Coach:
South Africa Nick Mallett

Man of the Match:
Sean O'Brien (Ireland)

Touch judges:
Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand)
Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


Hosting[edit]

Main article: Rugby World Cup hosts

The Rugby World Cup is held every four years, and tends to alternate between the northern and southern hemispheres. Every northern hemisphere tournament so far has been held in Europe, however Japan won the bid to host the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Italy has yet to host the World Cup, although the Italian Rugby Federation made unsuccessful bids for the 2015 and 2019 competitions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]. Retrieved on 2011-09-11.
  2. ^ The change in time zone is due to the start of daylight saving time in New Zealand, at 2:00am on Sunday 25 September