Petrarca Rugby

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Petrarca Rugby
Stemma Petrarca Rugby.png
Full name Petrarca Rugby
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Founded 1947
Location Padua, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio Plebiscito (Capacity: 9 000)
President Italy Enrico Toffano
Coach(es) Italy Pasquale Presutti
Captain(s) Italy Nicola Bezzati
League(s) Campionato Nazionale Eccellenza (Italian premiership)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.petrarcarugby.it

Petrarca Rugby is a rugby union club from Padua, Italy, currently competing in the top tier of the Italian rugby union, the National Championship of Excellence.

Founded in 1947, the team is the rugby union branch of the Unione Sportiva Petrarca, an omnisport club that includes also basketball, futsal, volleyball, fencing and football, though is the rugby that made Petrarca famous all across the country.

They have, in fact, won 12 league titles, 11 of them between 1969–70 and 1986-87 seasons; their most recent success in the Italian championship came 24 years after their latest feat, at the end of the 2010-11 season.

Petrarca is the 3rd most successful side in the Italian championship behind Amatori Milano (18 titles) and Benetton Treviso (15).

In 1982 they had their own stadium, Stadio Plebiscito, with full facilities built.

Current squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under IRB eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-IRB nationality.

Player Position Union
Agustin Costa Repetto (c) Hooker Argentina Argentina
Flavio Damiano Hooker Italy Italy
Nicola Gatto Hooker Italy Italy
Ornel Gega Hooker Italy Italy
Miguel Alonso Prop Argentina Argentina
Chris Caporello Prop Italy Italy
Luca D'Agostino Prop Italy Italy
Alessandro Furia Prop Italy Italy
Filippo Giuriatti Prop Italy Italy
Piermaria Leso Prop Italy Italy
Laert Naka Prop Italy Italy
Phil Mathers Lock Australia Australia
Michele Sutto Lock Italy Italy
Enrico Targa Lock Italy Italy
Matvydas Tveraga Lock Italy Italy
Marco Barbini Flanker Italy Italy
Nicola Bezzati Flanker Italy Italy
Edoardo Ghiraldini Flanker Italy Italy
Filippo Giusti Flanker Italy Italy
Niccolo Luxardo Flanker Italy Italy
Lance Persico Flanker Italy Italy
Zane Ansell Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Dion Kingi Number 8 New Zealand New Zealand
Scott Palmer Number 8 Italy Italy
Player Position Union
Alessandro Billot Scrum-half Italy Italy
Alberto Chillon Scrum-half Italy Italy
Pietro Travagli Scrum-half Italy Italy
Tim Walsh Fly-half Australia Australia
Roberto Bertetti Centre Italy Italy
Alessandro Chillon Centre Italy Italy
Francesco Favaro Centre Italy Italy
Marco Neethling Centre Italy Italy
Juan Pablo Sanchez Centre Argentina Argentina
Fabio Fagiotto Wing Italy Italy
Lorenzo Innocenti Wing Italy Italy
Alex Morsellino Wing Italy Italy
Riccardo Russo Wing Italy Italy
Warren Spragg Wing Italy Italy
Steven Bortolussi Fullback Italy Italy
Nicola Sintich Fullback Italy Italy

Statistics[edit]

European Challenge Cup[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
1996-97 5 1 0 4 118 148
1997-98 6 0 2 4 108 212
2001-02 6 2 0 4 114 223
(Shield) 2002-03 6 3 1 2 140 118
2002-03 2 0 0 2 36 81
(Shield) 2003-04 4 2 0 2 93 110
2003-04 2 0 0 2 32 75
(Shield) 2004-05 4 2 0 2 93 110
2004-05 2 0 0 2 42 126
2006-07 6 0 0 6 47 298
2007-08 6 1 0 5 73 190
2008-09 6 3 0 3 112 206
2009-10 6 0 0 6 95 180
2010-11 4 1 0 3 68 135

Heineken Cup[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
1998-99 6 1 0 5 79 169
1999-00 6 0 0 6 76 282

Notable former players[edit]

Honours[edit]

External links[edit]