Italy national under-20 rugby union team

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Italy under-20
UnionItalian Rugby Federation
Nickname(s)Azzurrini
Coach(es)Alessandro Troncon
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Ireland Ireland 6-0 Italy Italy
(1 February 2008)
Largest win
Italy Italy 33-10 Canada Canada
(21 June 2008)
Largest defeat
South Africa South Africa 65–3 Italy Italy
(9 June 2009)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 2008)
Best result8th 2017

Italy's national under-20 rugby union team is a junior national team for Italy that has competed in both the IRB Junior World Championship and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. They were one of four teams relegated in 2009 to the Junior World Trophy after finishing at the bottom of the tournament. They were again promoted to the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship after winning the 2010 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Italy finished in last place at the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship and has again been relegated to the Junior World Trophy for 2013. Then they won the 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy so Italy will participate in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship that was to be played in New Zealand.

Squad[edit]

Squad to the Six Nations Under 20s Championship[1]

Forwards

  • Filippo ALONGI (F.I.R. Academy|I Titani)*
  • Luca FRANCESCHETTO (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Vicenza)*
  • Gianmarco LUCCHESI (F.I.R. Academy| Amaranto)*
  • Matteo NOCERA (Fiamme Oro)*
  • Matteo DRUDI (F.I.R. Academy|Frascati Rugby Club)*
  • Niccolò TADDIA (F.I.R. Academy|Rovigo Delta)*
  • Marco BUTTURINI (F.I.R. Academy|Modena Rugby 1965)*
  • Thomas PAROLO (F.I.R. Academy|Rovigo Delta)*
  • Nicolae Cristian STOIAN (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Anzio)*
  • Andrea CHIANUCCI (F.I.R. Academy|I Medicei)*
  • Mirco FINOTTO (Mogliano)
  • Antoine KOFFI (Calvisano)*
  • Angelo MAURIZI (F.I.R. Academy|L’Aquila)*
  • Davide RUGGERI (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Como)* - Captain


 

Backs

  • Alessandro FUSCO (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Napoli Afragola)*
  • Gianmarco PIVA (Rovigo Delta)*
  • Giacomo DA RE (Mogliano)
  • Paolo GARBISI (F.I.R. Academy|Mogliano)*
  • Damiano MAZZA (Calvisano)*
  • Federico MORI (F.I.R. Academy|Etruschi Livorno)*
  • Matteo MOSCARDI (Rovigo Delta)*
  • Edoardo MASTANDREA (F.I.R. Academy|Valsugana Rugby Padova)*
  • Michael MBA (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Casale)**
  • Jacopo TRULLA (F.I.R. Academy|Valsugana Rugby Padova)**

*Member of F.I.R. Academy

Management[edit]

  • Andrea Moretti - Head Coach
  • Claudio Appiani - Team Manager
  • Fabio Roselli - Assistant Coach
  • Victor Jimenez - Assistant Coach
  • Giacomo Vigna - Fitness Coach
  • Nicola Cordioli - Physiotherapist
  • Roberto Alessandrini - Team Doctor
  • Paolo Granata - Assistant Manager
  • Niccolo Gaetaniello - Video Analyst
  • Andrea Nicotra - Committee Member

Tournament Record[edit]

Year Tournament Host Rank Result
2008 Junior World Championship  Wales 11th
2009 Junior World Championship  Japan 13th Relegated to 2010 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
2010 Junior World Trophy  Russia 1st Promoted to 2011 IRB Junior World Championship
2011 Junior World Championship  Italy 11th
2012 Junior World Championship  South Africa 12th Relegated to 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
2013 Junior World Trophy  Chile 1st Promoted to 2014 IRB Junior World Championship
2014 Junior World Championship  New Zealand 11th
2015 Junior World Championship  Italy 11th
2016 Junior World Championship  England 11th
2017 Junior World Championship  Georgia 8th
2018 Junior World Championship  France 8th
2019 Junior World Championship  Argentina TBC

F.I.R. Academy[edit]

During the regular season, many players of Under-20 are selected to play with F.I.R. Academy "Ivan Francescato" of Remedello, Brescia [2]. This team plays in Italian Serie A, Pool A.

References[edit]