1965–66 FIRA Nations Cup

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The Nations Cup 1965–66 was the sixth edition of a European rugby union championship for national teams and was the first with this name. After the 1954 European Cup, the FIRA did not organize any championship. During the 1964 general assembly in The Hague, it was decided to organize a tournament as a league championship. The teams would be divided in two divisions, with a process of promotion and relegation. The first edition was played between 1965–66.[1] Italy, France, and Romania already played against each other regularly in test matches, so it was easy to arrange this kind of tournament.

1965–66 Nations Cup
Date17 October 1965 – 6 November 1966
Countries France
 Romania
 Italy
 West Germany
 Czechoslovakia
Tournament statistics
Champions France
Matches played6
1954 (Previous) (Next) 1966–1967

First divisionEdit

TableEdit

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against difference
1   France 4 4 0 0 73 21 52 8
2   Italy 4 2 1 1 17 24 −7 5
3   Romania 4 1 1 2 21 28 −7 3
4   West Germany 4 1 1 2 42 26 16 3
5   Czechoslovakia 4 0 1 3 27 81 −54 1

ResultsEdit

Point system–Try:3 pt, Conversion:2 pt, Penalty kick:3 pt, drop:3 pt, Goal from mark:3 pt
Click "show" for more info about match (scorers, line-up etc).
17 October 1965
West Germany   25–6   Czechoslovakia

14 November 1965
West Germany   8–9   Romania

28 November 1965 France   8–3   Romania Stade de Gerland, Lyon  
Try: G. Boniface
Con: A. Boniface
Drop: Dragomirescu-Rahtopol
Referee: R. Gilliland  
France: 15.Claude Lacaze, 14.Pierre Besson, 13.Guy Boniface, 12.Andre Boniface, 11.Christian Darrouy, 10.Jean Gachassin, 9.Jean-Claude Lasserre, 8.Maurice Lira, 7.Michel Crauste (cap), 6.Michel Sitjar, 5.Walter Spanghero, 4.Benoit Dauga, 3.Andre Abadie, 2.Jean-Michel Cabanier, 1.Jean-Claude Berejnoi
Romania: 15.Alexandru Penciu, 14.M. Tibuleac, 13.M. Wusek, 12.Valeriu Irimescu, 11.Paul Ciobanel, 10.Gheorghie Dragomirescu-Rahtopol, 9.Adrian Mateescu, 8.Radu Demian (c), 7.Gheorghie Baltaretu, 6.Mircea Iliescu, 5.Mircea Rusu, 4.Ion Tutuianu, 3.Teodor Radulescu, 2.Paul Iordachescu, 1.Constantin Dinu
8 December 1965 Italy   11–0   Czechoslovakia Livorno  
Try: Armellin, Ambron 2
Con: Speziali
Referee: A. Cuny  
Italy:=15.E. Giugovaz, 14.G. Troncon, 13.R. Sciacol, 12.R.Luise , 11.V. Ambron, 10.F. II, 9.U.Conforto, 8.A.di Zitti (cap), 7.G.Colussi, 6.D. Armellin, 5.E.Speziali, 4.I.Mazzucchelli, 3.G.Romagnoli, 2.L.Avigo, 1.F. Mazzantini
Czechoslovakia: 15.Kovrc, 14. Nacer, 13. Eliasek, 12.Hora, 11.Fiala, 10.Kourek, 9.Sendler, 8. Vilek, 7.Fridrik, 6.Krutzner, 5. Tropol, 4. Barchanek, 3.Smrst, 2. Liska, 1.Kradek
9 April 1966 Italy   0–21   France Naples  
Try: Darrouy, Dauga
Lagrange, Maso
Con: Lacaze 3
Drop: Lacaze
Attendance: Arenaccia, Naples
Referee: Brooke  
Italy:: 15.Ettore Giugovaz, 14.Giorgio Troncon, 13.Andrea d'Alberton, 12.Roberto Luise, 11.Vittorio Ambron, 10.Francesco Soro, 9.Elio Fusco, 8.Antonio di Zitti (cap), 7.Giancarlo Degli Antoni, 6.Marco Bollesan, 5.Franco Piccinini, 4.Ivo Mazzucchelli, 3.Enzo Bellinazzo, 2.Oreste Vene', 1.Franco Mazzantini
France :15.Claude Lacaze, 14.Bernard Duprat, 13.Jo Maso, 12.Jean-Claude Lagrange, 11.Christian Darrouy, 10.Jean-Claude Roques, 9.Marcel Puget, 8.Andre Herrero, 7.Michel Crauste (cap), 6.Jean-Joseph Rupert, 5.Walter Spanghero, 4.Benoit Dauga, 3.Arnaldo Gruarin, 2.Jean-Michel Cabanier, 1.Jean-Claude Berejnoi
10 April 1966
France B   8–6   West Germany

8 May 1966
Czechoslovakia   12–36   France B
Kobylisy, Prague

29 May 1966
Czechoslovakia   9–9   Romania

30 October 1966 West Germany   3–3   Italy Berlin  
Pen: Dannenberg
Pen: Di Zitti
Referee: Lacroix  
West Germany: 15. Dannemberg; 14.Haas; 13. Frauenfeld; 12.Bruhl; 11. Friedel; 10. Wesh; 9. Selingmann;8. Dreyer; 7.Morgenroth; 6. Heupel; 5. Kneifel; 4. Hoppe; 3.Schnidt; 2. Glocke; 1.Nolte.
Italy:=15.Angelo Autore, 14.Luciano Modonesi, 13.Gastone Giani, 12.Andrea d'Alberton, 11.Vittorio Ambron, 10.Francesco Soro II, 9.Umberto Conforto, 8.Franco Zani, 7.Giancarlo Degli Antoni, 6.Marco Bollesan, 5.Antonio di Zitti (c), 4.Ivo Mazzucchelli, 3.Enzo Bellinazzo, 2.Lucio Avigo, 1.Dominico Armellin
6 November 1966 Italy   3–0   Romania L'Aquila  
Pen: Ambron
Referee: Cuny  
Italy: 15.Luciano Modonesi, 14.Giorgio Troncon, 13.Gastone Giani, 12.Andrea d'Alberton, 11.Vittorio Ambron, 10.Francesco Soro II, 9.Umberto Conforto, 8.Franco Zani, 7.Giancarlo Degli Antoni, 6.Loreto Cucchiarelli, 5.Antonio di Zitti (cap), 4.Ivo Mazzucchelli, 3.Enzo Bellinazzo, 2.Lucio Avigo, 1.Carlo Prosperini
Romania 15.A. Penciu, 14.Vasile Dragomir, 13.Gheorghie Nica, 12.Valeriu Irimescu, 11.Paul Ciobanel, 10.M. Wusek, 9.Adrian Mateescu, 8.Radu Demian, 7.Gheorgie Rascanu, 6.Ion Tutuianu, 5.Mircea Rusu, 4.Vasile Rusu, 3.Gheorghie Stoica, 2.Alexandru Ionescu, 1.Constantin Dinu

Second divisionEdit

SemifinalsEdit

27 March 1966
Spain   3–9   Portugal

27 March 1966
Belgium   9–3   Netherlands

FinalEdit

24 April 1966
Belgium   3–3   Portugal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Volpe-Vecchiarelli, pg 114

BibliographyEdit

  • (in Italian) Francesco Volpe, Valerio Vecchiarelli (2000), 2000 Italia in Meta, Storia della nazionale italiana di rugby dagli albori al Sei Nazioni, GS Editore (2000) ISBN 88-87374-40-6
  • (in Italian) Francesco Volpe, Paolo Pacitti (Author), Rugby 2000, GTE Gruppo Editorale (1999).

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