Rugby Rovigo Delta

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Rugby Rovigo Delta
Full name Femi-CZ Vea Rugby Rovigo Delta
Union Federazione Italiana Rugby
Founded 1935; 81 years ago (1935)
Location Rovigo, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini (Capacity: 6,000)
President Francesco Zambelli
Coach(es) Filippo Frati
Captain(s) Luke Mahoney
League(s) National Championship of Excellence
2015/2016 1st (Excellence)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Rugby Rovigo Delta (formerly known until 2010 as Rugby Rovigo) are an Italian rugby union club currently competing in National Championship of Excellence. They are based in Rovigo in Veneto. The club were founded in 1935 by medical student Dino Lanzoni, who discovered rugby at university. They quickly became one of the strongest Italian sides and won 12 titles between 1951 and 2016. They have never been relegated from the top flight of Italian rugby union.

Some of the more notable Rovigo players include Mario "Maci" Battaglini and his brother Checco, Ercole Ponzetti, Quaglio, Vallini, Elio De Anna, Stefano Bettarello, Gert Smal, Viliami Ofahengaue and Naas Botha. However, in recent times the team has had difficulties, from the death of president Carlo Bego to the serious social conditions that had threatened the team's survival.


  • National Championship of Excellence:
    • Champions: 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1979, 1988, 1990, 2016
  • Riserve:
    • Champions: 1981, 1989, 1991
  • Under 19/20:
    • Champions: 1970, 1975, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1999
  • Under 21:
    • Champions: 2004
  • Under 17:
    • Champions: 1982, 1988

Current squad[edit]

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

Player Position Union
Renzo Balboni Hooker Italy Italy
Enrico Ceccato Hooker Italy Italy
Enrico Manghi Hooker Italy Italy
Jacques Momberg (c) Hooker South Africa South Africa
Guillermo Roan Prop Argentina Argentina
Alessandro Borsi Prop Italy Italy
Andrea Pozzi Prop Italy Italy
Massimiliano Ravalle Prop Italy Italy
Gheorghe Gajion Prop Moldova Moldova
Nicola Quaglio Prop Italy Italy
Giacomo Riedo Lock Italy Italy
Matteo Maran Lock Italy Italy
Jean-François Montauriol Lock Italy Italy
Giuseppe Boggiani Lock Italy Italy
Emiliano Caffini Flanker Italy Italy
Edoardo Ruffolo Flanker Italy Italy
Andrea De Marchi Flanker Italy Italy
Edoardo Lubian Flanker Italy Italy
Guglielmo Zanini Number 8 Italy Italy
Matteo Ferro Number 8 Italy Italy
Player Position Union
Giorgio Bronzini Scrum-half Italy Italy
Marco Frati Scrum-half Italy Italy
Luciano Javier Rodriguez Fly-half Italy Italy
Davide Farolini Fly-half Italy Italy
Nicolò Fratini Fly-half Italy Italy
Ross McCann Centre Italy Italy
Francesco Menon Centre Italy Italy
Denis Majstorovic Centre Italy Italy
Joe van Niekerk Centre Italy Italy
Billy Ngawini Wing New Zealand New Zealand
Steven Bortolussi Wing Italy Italy
Lorenzo Lubian Wing Italy Italy
Peter Pavanello Wing Italy Italy
Stefan Basson Fullback South Africa South Africa
Steven Bortolussi Fullback Italy Italy

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]

External links[edit]