Italy women's national rugby union team

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Italy
Nickname(s)Le Azzurre (The Blues)
UnionFederazione Italiana Rugby
Head coachAndrea Di Giandomenico
CaptainManuela Furlan
Most capsSara Barattin (101)
Top scorerVeronica Schiavon (383)
Top try scorerManuela Furlan (20)
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current7 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
 Italy 0-0 France 
(Riccione, 22 June 1985)
Biggest win
 Italy 52-0 Germany 
(Hamburg, 7 April 2005)
Biggest defeat
 England 76-6 Italy 
(Rome. 9 February 2008)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1991)
Best result9th 2017
Top 20 rankings as of 18 April 2022[1]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  England 096.26
2 Steady  New Zealand 088.58
3 Steady  France 088.43
4 Steady  Canada 088.15
5 Steady  Australia 078.68
6 Steady  United States 076.63
7 Increase1  Ireland 076.00
8 Decrease1  Italy 075.12
9 Steady  Wales 073.63
10 Steady  Scotland 072.72
11 Steady  Spain 072.10
12 Steady  Japan 065.49
13 Steady  South Africa 063.39
14 Steady  Russia 061.10
15 Steady  Samoa 059.72
16 Steady  Kazakhstan 058.45
17 Steady  Netherlands 058.27
18 Steady  Hong Kong 057.89
19 Steady  Sweden 057.73
20 Steady  Germany 057.72
*Change from the previous week


Italy women's national rugby union team are the national women's rugby union team that represents Italy at international level. It has been administered by the Italian Rugby Federation since 1991; previously, since its inception in 1985 up to 1991, it was administered by UISP – Unione Italiana Sport Popolari (Italian Union for People's Sports), an association which promotes amateur sports at every level of the society. The team competes in the Rugby World Cup, the Rugby Europe Women's Championship and the Women's Six Nations Championship.

History[edit]

On June 22, 1985 the Italian women's national team made their international debut against France. The match ended 0–0, they played again a year later in Bardos, with France winning 12–0. Italy scored their first points in their third match against France when the two neighbors met in Rome in 1987, France won 16–4.

In 1988 Italy participated in the first European championship organized in Bourg-en-Bresse in France by the local women's club. In addition to the hosts, the other two participants were Great Britain and the Netherlands. Italy finished last with three losses. The inaugural edition of this championship, while significant for being the first competition for women's national teams, was never recognized as official by FIRA.

Italian Rugby Federation entry[edit]

In 1991 the management of women's rugby was handed over to the Italian Rugby Federation. Their first commitment was the selection of the team for the inaugural edition of the World Cup which was held in April of that same year in Wales. The Azzurre, after having finished last in their pool, were placed in the Plate quarter-finals. They had their first victory in the tournament after defeating Sweden 18–0 in the Plate quarter-final but lost to Canada 6–0 in the Plate semi-final.

The progress of the national team was slow. In their first 15 years of existence, up to the end of 2000, they played in only 33 official matches. In 1995 they came third in the European championship organized at home in Treviso, a result equaled one year later in Madrid, Spain. After a first round elimination with a sixth place finish at the 1997 European Championship, they finished 12th at the 1998 Women's Rugby World Cup in the Netherlands.

They finished 7th at the 1999 European Championship and 8th in 2001. They won their first Nations Cup title in Veneto in 2002 ahead of the Rugby World Cup, in which Italy finished in twelfth place. Italy won the 2005 Europen Championship which was held in Hamburg in Germany. In the 2006 Nations Cup Italy successfully defended their title.

Admission to the Six Nations[edit]

In December 2006, the Executive Committee of the Six Nations decided to align the composition of all competitions of the tournament with the men's, which included England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, France and Italy; at the time the only difference with the women's tournament was the presence of Spain, which the committee replaced with Italy starting in 2007.

Records[edit]

Rugby World Cup[edit]

Year Round Position GP W D L PF PA
Wales 1991 Plate semi-final N/A 4 1 0 3 34 31
Scotland 1994 Did Not Participate
Netherlands 1998 11th Place Playoff 12th 5 2 0 3 108 81
Spain 2002 11th Place Playoff 12th 4 1 0 3 45 121
Canada 2006 Did Not Participate
England 2010 Did Not Qualify
France 2014
Ireland 2017 9th Place Playoff 9th 5 2 0 3 75 117
New Zealand 2021 Qualified
Total 5/9 9th 18 6 0 12 262 350

Six Nations[edit]

 Italy
Tournaments 16
Outright Wins 0
Grand Slams 0
Triple Crowns
Wooden Spoons 3

Rugby Europe Women's Championship[edit]

Competition 1st place, gold medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Total
European Championship 3 1 3 7

Overall[edit]

See: List of Italy women's national rugby union team matches

(Full internationals only)
Correct as of 4 June 2022

Rugby: Italy internationals 1985-
Opponent First game Played Won Drawn Lost Percentage
 Belgium 2006 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Canada 1991 1 0 0 1 0.00%
 England 1991 23 0 0 23 0.00%
 France 1985 24 3 0 21 12.50%
 Great Britain 1988 2 0 0 2 0.00%
 Germany 1996 7 7 0 0 100.00%
 Ireland 1997 20 2 0 18 10.00%
 Japan 2002 3 2 1 0 66.67%
 Kazakhstan 2001 2 0 0 2 0.00%
 Netherlands 1988 8 5 0 3 62.50%
 Russia 1998 4 4 0 0 100.00%
 Samoa 2013 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Scotland 1995 22 15 1 6 68.18%
 South Africa 2018 1 1 0 0 100.00%
 Spain 1991 14 4 0 10 28.57%
 Sweden 1991 8 5 0 3 62.50%
 United States 2012 2 0 0 2 0.00%
 Wales 1999 21 7 1 13 33.33%
Summary 1985 164 57 3 104 34.76%

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

Squad for the 2022 Women's Six Nations Championship.[2][3]

  • Federica Cipolla was added to the squad for the Round 3 game against Ireland due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the squad.[4]
Player Position Caps Club/Province
Ilaria Arrighetti Flanker 51 Stade Rennais
Sara Barattin Scrumhalf 101 Villorba Rugby
Melissa Bettoni Hooker 64 Stade Rennais
Francesca Barro Prop 0 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Beatrice Capomaggi Centre 4 Villorba Rugby
Federica Cipolla Wing 0 Villorba Rugby
Alyssa D'Inca' Centre 4 Villorba Rugby
Giordana Duca Lock 24 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Valeria Fedrighi Lock 28 Stade Toulousain
Alessandra Frangipani Flanker 0 Villorba Rugby
Giada Franco Flanker 21 Rugby Colorno
Manuela Furlan Fullback 81 Villorba Rugby
Lucia Gai Prop 76 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Elisa Giordano Flanker 49 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Francesca Granzotto Centre / Wing 0 Unione Rugby Capitolina
Isabella Locatelli Flanker 28 Rugby Colorno
Veronica Madia Fullback 25 Rugby Colorno
Maria Magatti Centre 38 CUS Milano Rugby
Alessia Margotti Prop 0 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Gaia Maris Prop 6 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Michela Merlo Prop 11 Rugby Colorno
Aura Muzzo Wing 20 Villorba Rugby
Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi Fullback 9 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Beatrice Rigoni Wing 49 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Francesca Sberna Flanker 6 Rugby Calvisano
Sara Seye Prop 2 Rugby Calvisano
Michela Sillari Centre 63 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Emanuela Stecca Hooker 0 Villorba Rugby
Sofia Stefan Scrumhalf 62 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Sara Tounesi Lock 18 ASM Romagnat
Silvia Turani Hooker 16 Rugby Colorno
Emma Stevanin Prop 0 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Vittoria Vecchini Hooker 3 Valsugana Rugby Padova
Beatrice Veronese Flanker 7 Valsugana Rugby Padova

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Women's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 4 April 2022.
  2. ^ "Experience and youth in 33-player Italy squad". TikTok Women’s Six Nations. 2022-03-14. Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  3. ^ "ITALDONNE: LE 33 AZZURRE CONVOCATE PER IL TIKTOK WOMEN'S SIX NATIONS 2022". www.federugby.it (in Italian). Retrieved 2022-03-16.
  4. ^ "Ireland power to opening victory of TikTok Women's Six Nations". TikTok Women’s Six Nations. Retrieved 2022-04-11.

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