Rugby Rovigo Delta

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Rugby Rovigo Delta
Full name Rugby Rovigo Delta S.r.l.
Union Italian Rugby Federation
Founded 1935; 83 years ago (1935)
Location Rovigo, Italy
Ground(s) Stadio Mario Battaglini (Capacity: 6,000)
President Nicola Azzi
Coach(es) Umberto Casellato
Captain(s) Matteo Ferro
League(s) Top12
2017–18 3rd
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Rugby Rovigo Delta, formerly known until 2010 as Rugby Rovigo, is an Italian rugby union club currently competing in the Top12. 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, Isidoro Quaglio, Elio De Anna, Stefano Bettarello, Stefano Bordon, Alessandro Moscardi, Carlo Orlandi, Carlo Checchinato, Mirco Bergamasco, Manuel Contepomi, AJ Venter, 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.


  • Italian championship
    • Champions (12): 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1953–54, 1961–62, 1962–63, 1963–64, 1975–76, 1978–79, 1987–88, 1989–90, 2015–16
    • Runners-up (6): 1988–89, 1991–92, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17
  • Coppa Italia
    • Runners-up (2): 1997–98, 2005–06
  • Excellence Trophy
    • Runners-up (1): 2013–14

Current squad[edit]

The Rovigo Delta senior squad for 2018–19 is:[1]

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
Filippo Cadorini Hooker Italy Italy
Jacques Momberg Hooker South Africa South Africa
Jacopo Tellarini Hooker Italy Italy
Riccardo Brugnara Prop Italy Italy
Nicolò D'Amico Prop Italy Italy
Stefano Lugato Prop Italy Italy
Federico Pavesi Prop Italy Italy
Nicolò Pomaro Prop Italy Italy
Francesco Rossi Prop Italy Italy
Davide Vecchini Prop Italy Italy
Matteo Canali Lock Italy Italy
Michele Mantovani Lock Italy Italy
Julien Nibert Lock France France
Thomas Parolo Lock Italy Italy
Mantvydas Tveraga Lock Italy Italy
Edoardo Lubian Flanker Italy Italy
Elia Roncon Flanker Italy Italy
Elia Venco Flanker Italy Italy
Gianmarco Vian Flanker Italy Italy
Gabriele Cicchinelli Number 8 Italy Italy
Matteo Ferro (c) Number 8 Italy Italy
Thor Halvorsen Number 8 South Africa South Africa
Player Position Union
Alberto Chillon Scrum-half Italy Italy
Riccardo Loro Scrum-half Italy Italy
Alberto Piva Scrum-half Italy Italy
Andrea Visentin Scrum-half Italy Italy
Luca Borin Fly-half Italy Italy
Piero Dominguez Fly-half Italy Italy
Leonardo Mantelli Fly-half Italy Italy
Marcello Angelini Centre Italy Italy
Diego Antl Centre Italy Italy
Denis Majstorović Centre Italy Italy
Francesco Modena Centre Italy Italy
Joe van Niekerk* Centre South Africa South Africa
Antonio Arrigo Wing Italy Italy
Guido Barion Wing Italy Italy
Massimo Cioffi Fullback Italy Italy
David Odiete Fullback Italy Italy
  • Players in bold capped internationally.
  • Players with the symbol * are qualified to play for Italy on residency or dual nationality.
  • Players and their allocated positions from the Rugby Rovigo Delta website.[1]
  • Notes:

Selected former players[edit]

Italian players[edit]

Former players who have played for Rovigo and have caps for Italy:

Overseas players[edit]

Former players who have played for Rovigo and have caps for their respective country:


  1. ^ a b "FIRST XV". Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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