1990–92 FIRA Trophy

The 1990–92 FIRA Trophy was the 29th edition of a European rugby union championship for national teams. The format returned to a two-year tournament.

1990-92 FIRA Trophy
Date30 September 1990 – 28 May 1992
Countries France
 Italy
 Romania
 Soviet Union/ CIS
 Spain
Tournament statistics
Champions France
Matches played20
1989-1990 (Previous) (Next) 1992–1994

The tournament was won by France, with a Grand Slam. Italy, improving their competitive performance, finished in 2nd place, while Romania where 3rd. Both teams qualified for the 1991 Rugby World Cup, since the first two games also were valid for the qualification, while Soviet Union missed them. This would be their last presence at the FIRA Trophy, since the country ceased to exist on 25 December 1991. They were replaced by the CIS for the final two games. Spain failed the 1991 Rugby World Cup qualification because of her two losses in the opening games, had a narrow defeat to Italy (22-21), and a win over Romania (6-0), both at home, but wasn't able to avoid the 5th and last place, and were relegated.

The winners of the Second Division pools were Germany and Morocco.


First divisionEdit

  FRA ITA ROU URS ESP
  France –––– 21-18 25-6 38-12 53-4
  Italy 9-15 –––– 39-13 34-12 30-6
  Romania 21-33 18-21 –––– 34-6 19-6
  Soviet Union-   CIS 15-36 3-21 3-10 –––– 30-3
  Spain 24-60 21-22 6-0 16-19 ––––

Due to Dissolution of the Soviet Union, the Soviet Union was replaced by the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1   France 8 8 0 0 281 109 +172 24
2   Italy 8 6 0 2 194 109 +85 20
3   Romania 8 3 0 5 121 139 -18 14
4   Soviet Union/  CIS 8 2 0 6 100 192 -92 12
5   Spain 8 1 0 7 86 233 -147 10
Point system: try 4 pt, conversion: 2 pt., penalty kick 3 pt. drop 3 pt
Click "show" for more info about match (scorers, line-up etc.)
30 September 1990 Italy   30 - 6[1]   Spain Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo  
Try: Giovanelli, Venturi
Con: Troiani (2)
Pen: Troiani (5)
Drop: Bonomi
Pen: Díaz Paternain, Puertas Soto
Referee:   Ian Bullerwell
Italy: 15.Luigi Troiani, 14.Edgardo Venturi, 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Fabio Gaetaniello, 11.Massimo Brunello, 10.Massimo Bonomi, 9.Umberto Casellato, 8.Massimo Giovanelli, 7.Gianni Zanon (cap.), 6.Roberto Saetti, 5.Carlo Checchinato, 4.Giambattista Croci, 3.Franco Properzi, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta, 1.Massimo Cuttitta
Spain: 15.Francisco Puertas Soto, 14.Daniel Saenz Lobsack, 13.Jon Azkargorta Aretxabala, 12.Javier Torres Morote, 11.Salvador Torres Orgega, 10.Jorge Moreno de Alboran, 9.Javier Diaz Paternain, 8.Jose Antonio Egido Sancho, 7.Alberto Malo Navio, 6.Jaime Gutierrez Merelles, 5.Javier Chocarro Huesa, 4.Javier Amunarriz Pagadizabal, 3.Asier Altuna Izaguirre, 2.Santiago Santos Munoz, 1.Julio Alvarez Ruiz de Temino
3 October 1990
Romania   19 - 6 [1]   Spain
Try: Dumitras, Răcean
Con: Nichitean
Pen: Nichitean (2)
Drop: Ignat
Pen: Puertas Soto (2)
Stadio Plebiscito, Padua
Attendance: 4,000
Referee:   B. Anderson

21 October 1990
Soviet Union   3 - 10   Romania
Pen: Dzagnidze
Try: Neaga
Pen: Răcean
Drop: Nichitean
Fili Stadium, Moscow
Referee:   R. Hourquet

24 November 1990 Italy   34 - 12   Soviet Union Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo  
Try: Brunello, Croci
Mas. Cutitta, Francescato
Con: Troiani (3)
Pen: Troiani (4)
Con: Gamozkin (2)
Referee:   Hustiu
Italy: 15.Luigi Troiani, 14.Edgardo Venturi, 13.Stefano Bordon, 12.Stefano Barba, 11.Massimo Brunello, 10.Massimo Bonomi, 9.Ivan Francescato, 8.Massimo Giovanelli (69'Gustavo Milano), 7.Gianni Zanon(cap.), 6.Roberto Saetti, 5.Giambattista Croci, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Antonio Piazza, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta, 1.Massimo Cuttitta
Soviet Union: 15.Dzanigze, 14.Voropaev, 13.Diatlov, 12. Gamozkin, 11.Kuperman, 10.Nicolaev (49'Kovalenko), 9. Frantzov, 8.Ovisanick, 7.Umabev, 6.Mosiokov, 5. Stelmalkovic, 4.Ganyakin, 3.Molchanov, 2.Malikov (58'Marcenko) 1. Koklov (74'Barisov)
2 March 1991 Italy   9 - 15   France A1 Stadio Flaminio, Rome  
Try: Marc. Cuttitta
Con: Troiani
Pen: Troiani
Try: Berty, Dal Maso
Con: Pouyau (2)
Pen: Berot
Referee:   S. W. Griffiths
Italy : 15.Luigi Troiani, 14.Edgardo Venturi, 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Diego Dominguez, 11.Marcello Cuttitta, 10.Massimo Bonomi, 9.Ivan Francescato, 8.Corrado Covi (cap.), 7.Pierpaolo Pedroni, 6.Massimo Giovanelli, 5.Giambattista Croci, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Franco Properzi, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta, 1.Massimo Cuttitta
France :15.Philippe Berot 14.David Berty, 13.Jean-Claude Langlade, 12.Éric Blanc, 11.Peyo Hontas, 10.Didier Pouyau, 9.Aubin Hueber, 8.Abdelatif Benazzi, 7.Philippe Benetton, 6.Éric Champ, 5.Jean Condom, 4.Thierry Devergie, 3.Philippe Gallart, 2.Marc Dal Maso, 1.Éric Alabarbe (56' Marc Pujolle)
17 March 1991
France A1   38 - 12   Soviet Union
Stade de Kerolay, Lorient

21 April 1991 Romania   18 - 21   Italy Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest  
Try: Sasu
Con: Ignat
Pen: Ignat 2
Drop: Nichitean 2
Try: Pivetta, Venturi
Con: Troiani 2
Pen: Troiani 3
Referee:   Yves Peyrelongue
Romania: 15.Gelu Ignat, 14.S. Chirila, 13.Adrian Lungu, 12.George Sava, 11.Catalin Sasu, 10.Neculai Nichitean, 9.Daniel Neaga, 8.Ioan Doja, 7.Haralambie Dumitras, 6.Gheorghe Dinu, 5.Constantin Cojocariu, 4.Sandu Ciorascu, 3.George Dumitrescu, 2.Gheorghe Ion, 1.Gheorghe Leonte, - Raplacements: Laurentiu Constantin, Constantin Stan
Italy:15.Luigi Troiani, 14.Edgardo Venturi, 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Diego Dominguez, 11.Marcello Cuttitta, 10.Massimo Bonomi, 9.Ivan Francescato, 8.Massimo Giovanelli, 7.Corrado Covi, 6.Roberto Saetti, 5.Giambattista Croci, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Guido Rossi, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta, 1.Giovanni Grespan, - Raplacements: Pierpaolo Pedroni
28 April 1991
Spain   24 - 60   France XV

11 May 1991
Soviet Union   30 - 3   Spain
Try: Mironov, Kuperman, Ovsianik, Zakarlyuk, Sorokin
Con: Gamoskin (2)
Pen: Gamoskin
Drop: Boldakov
Pen: Moreno de la Viuda
Fili Stadium Moscow

22 June 1991 Romania   21 - 33   France Stadionul Dinamo, Bucharest  
Try: Dumitras
Con: Nichitean
Pen: Nichitean (5)
Cards: C.Cojocariu  
Try: Blanco, Camberabero, Cécillon, Simon
Con: Camberabero
Pen: Camberabero (5)
Attendance: 3,000
Referee:   Ed Morrison
Romania : 15.Marian Dumitru, 14.Catalin Sasu, 13.George Sava, 12.Adrian Lungu, 11.Nicolae Răcean, 10.Neculai Nichitean, 9.Daniel Neaga, 8.Haralambie Dumitras (cap), 7.O. Sugar, 6.Vasile Doja, 5.Constantin Cojocariu, 4.Laurentiu Constantin, 3.George Dumitrescu, 2.Gheorghe Ion, 1.Gheorghe Leonte, - Raplacements: Valere Tufa, Constantin Stan
France :15.Serge Blanco (cap), 14.Peyo Hontas, 13.Franck Mesnel, 12.Philippe Sella, 11.Jean-Baptiste Lafond, 10.Didier Camberabero, 9.Fabien Galthie, 8.Marc Cecillon, 7.Michel Courtiols, 6.Eric Champ, 5.Olivier Roumat, 4.Jean-Marie Cadieu, 3.Philippe Gimbert, 2.Vincent Moscato, 1.Serge Simon,
3 November 1991 Soviet Union   3 - 21   Italy Fili Stadium, Moscow  
Pen: Boldakov
Try: Mar. Cuttitta (2), Pivetta, Venturi
Con: Domínguez
Pen: Domínguez
Attendance: 3,000
Referee:   Roelands
Soviet Union :15.Zakarluk, 14.Roxanov, 13.Sorokin, 12.Primacenko, 11.Gamozkin, 10. Kuperman, 9.Boldakov, 8.Galiakin, 7.Negodin, 6.Molkianov, 5.Kalasmikov, 4.Klinenko, 3.Ogrizkov, 2. Zikov, 1. Molchanov
Italy: 15.Paolo Vaccari, 14.Edgardo Venturi, 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Diego Dominguez, 11.Marcello Cuttitta, 10.Massimo Bonomi, 9.Ivan Francescato, 8.Massimo Giovanelli, 7.Carlo Checchinato, 6.Alessandro Bottacchiari, 5.Giambattista Croci, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Giovanni Grespan, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta, 1.Massimo Cuttitta, - Raplacements: Stefano Bordon
17 November 1991
Spain   16 - 19   Soviet Union
Try: Castro Briones, Gutíerrez Merelles
Con: Blanco Duelo
Pen: Blanco Duelo (2)
Try: Kovalenco, Zakarlyuk, Negodin
Con: Nikolaev (2)
Pen: Nikolaev
Polideportivo San Pablo, Seville

9 February 1992 Spain   21 - 22   Italy Campo Universitario, Madrid  
Try: Altuna Izaguirre, Cecilia Simon (2), Etxeberria Landazabal
Con: Sanchez Gonzalez-Bermudo
Pen: Sanchez Gonzalez-Bermudo
Try: Mar. Cuttitta, Troiani, Venturi
Con: Domínguez (2)
Pen: Domínguez
Drop: Domínguez
Referee:   Caulet
Spain: 15.Francisco Puertas Soto, 14.Onesimo Garcia Ferre, 13.Jon Azkargorta Aretxabala, 12.Gabriel Rivero Macia, 11.Eduardo Cecilia Simon, 10.Miguel Sanchez Gonzalez-Bermudo, 9.Javier Diaz Paternain, 8.Emilio Illaregui Etxabe, 7.Jaime Gutierrez Merelles, 6.Jon Etxeberria Landazabal, 5.Alberto Malo, 4.Mario Auzmendi Ripoll, 3.Asier Altuna Izaguirre, 2.Santiago Santos Munoz, 1.Julio Alvarez Ruiz de Temino - Replacements: Joan Lluis Ros
Italy 15.Paolo Vaccari, 14.Edgardo Venturi, 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Diego Dominguez, 11.Marcello Cuttitta, 10.Luigi Troiani, 9.Francesco Pietrosanti, 8.Massimo Giovanelli, 7.Carlo Checchinato, 6.Alessandro Bottacchiari, 5.Giambattista Croci, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Franco Properzi, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta (cap), 1.Massimo Cuttitta
16 February 1992 France Espoirs   21 - 18   Italy Stade Maurice Trélut, Tarbes  
Try: Deslandes, Bernat-Salles
Con: Reigt 2
Pen: Pouyau, Reigt
Ougier
Try: S. Barba, Bottacchiari
Con: Dominguez 2
Pen: Dominguez 2
Referee:   Paraschivescu
France: 15. Stéphane Ougier, 14.Philippe Bernat-Salles, 13.Michel Marfaing, 12.Hervé Couffignal (37' Didier Faugeron), 11.Peyo Hontas, 10.Didier Pouyau (15' Christophe Reigt), 9.Segueir, 8.Louis Armary (69' Alain Teulé), 7.Jean-Pierre Genet, 6.Laurent Seigne, 5.Jean-François Gourragne, 4.Hugues Miorin, 3.Courttiols, 2.Philippe Chamayou, 1.Christophe Deslandes
Italy 15.Luigi Troiani, 14.Paolo Vaccari (63' Edgardo Venturi), 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Stefano Bordon, 11.Marcello Cuttitta, 10.Diego Dominguez, 9.Francesco Pietrosanti, 8.Massimo Giovanelli, 7.Carlo Checchinato, 6.Alessandro Bottacchiari, 5.Giambattista Croci, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Franco Properzi, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta (cap), 1.Massimo Cuttitta
22 March 1992
France A1   53 - 4   Spain

4 April 1992
Spain   6 - 0   Romania
Pen: Nuñez Doval (2)
Campo Universitario, Madrid
Referee:   D. Roelands

18 April 1992 Italy   39 - 13   Romania Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo  
Try: Mar. Cuttitta 2, Pietrosanti 2
Con: Dominguez 4
Pen: Dominguez 4
Drop: Dominguez
Try: Serban
Pen: Ignat 3
Referee:   M. Darroque
Italy: 15.Luigi Troiani, 14.Paolo Vaccari, 13.Stefano Barba, 12.Stefano Bordon, 11.Marcello Cuttitta, 10.Diego Dominguez, 9.Francesco Pietrosanti, 8.Roberto Saetti, 7.Walter Cristofoletto, 6.Alessandro Bottacchiari, 5.Daniele Sesenna, 4.Roberto Favaro, 3.Franco Properzi, 2.Giancarlo Pivetta (cap.), 1.Massimo Cuttitta, - Raplacements: Edgardo Venturi, Massimo Bonomi
Romania: 15.Nicolae Răcean, 14.Lucian Colceriu, 13.Adrian Lungu, 12.Nicolae Fulina, 11.B. Șerban, 10.Gelu Ignat, 9.Mihai Foca, 8.Ionuț Seceleanu, 7.Nicușor Marin, 6.Gheorghe Dinu, 5.Constantin Cojocariu, 4.Sandu Ciorăscu, 3.Viorel Ionescu, 2.Gheorghe Ion, 1.Constantin Stan, - Raplacements: I. Rațiu, Gabriel Vlad
10 May 1992
Romania   34 - 6   CIS

28 May 1992 France   25 - 6   Romania Stade Jules Deschaseaux, Le Havre  
Try: Cadieu, Galthié, Saint-André, Penalty try
Con: Ougier (2), Viars
Pen: Viars
Pen: Răcean
Attendance: 4,935
Referee:   Ken McCartney
France : 15.Stéphane Ougier, 14.Philippe Saint-André, 13.Michel Marfaing, 12.Christophe Deylaud, 11.Sébastien Viars, 10.Alain Penaud, 9.Fabien Galthie, 8.Marc Cécillon (cap), 7.Laurent Cabannes, 6.Jean-Francois Tordo, 5.Christophe Deslandes, 4.Jean-Marie Cadieu, 3.Philippe Gallart, 2.Jean-Pierre Genet, 1.Louis Armary, - Replacements: David Berty, Thierry Devergie
Romania : 15.Vasile Brici, 14.Marian Dumitru, 13.Adrian Lungu, 12.Nicolae Răcean, 11.Gheorghe Solomie, 10.Gelu Ignat, 9.Teodor Coman, 8.Haralambie Dumitras (cap), 7.Ionut Seceleanu, 6.Gheorghe Dinu, 5.Tudor Constantin, 4.Constantin Cojocariu, 3.Gabriel Vlad, 2.Gheorghe Ion, 1.Gheorghe Leonte
28 May 1992
CIS   15 - 36   France XV

Second divisionEdit

Pool AEdit

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1   Germany 6 4 1 1 46 33 +13 15
2   Poland 6 3 1 2 76 65 +11 13
3   Belgium 6 2 3 1 76 69 +7 13
4   Netherlands 6 0 1 5 45 76 -31 7
27 October 1990
Belgium   12 - 15   Poland

25 November 1990
Germany   7 - 7   Belgium

14 January 1991
Poland   24 - 9   Netherlands

23 March 1991
Belgium   15 - 12   Netherlands

28 April 1991
Netherlands   0 – 6 [2]   Germany

19 May 1991
Germany   6 - 0   Poland

12 October 1991
Poland   16 - 16   Belgium

3 November 1991
Poland   6 - 10   Germany

23 November 1991
Netherlands   9 - 9   Belgium

28 March 1992
Germany   7 - 3   Netherlands

11 April 1992
Belgium   17 - 10   Germany

14 May 1992
Netherlands   12 - 15   Poland

Pool BEdit

Place Nation Games Points Table
points
played won drawn lost for against diff.
1   Morocco 6 5 0 1 98 54 +44 16
2   Portugal 6 4 0 2 117 66 +51 14
3   Tunisia 6 2 0 4 89 85 +4 10
4   Andorra 6 1 0 5 75 174 -99 8
9 March 1991
Andorra   9 - 25   Morocco

23 March 1991
Portugal   33 - 15   Andorra

20 April 1991
Tunisia   16 - 10   Portugal

4 May 1991
Andorra   16 - 14   Tunisia

4 May 1991
Morocco   13 - 12   Portugal

9 November 1991
Tunisia   35 - 19   Andorra

1991
Morocco   16 - 3   Tunisia

1991
Tunisia   5 - 6   Morocco

28 March 1992
Andorra   6 - 29   Portugal

11 April 1992
Portugal   15 - 0   Morocco

25 April 1992
Morocco   38 - 10   Andorra

26 April 1992
Portugal   18 - 16   Tunisia

Third divisionEdit

Pool 1Edit

(not completed due to the withdrawal of Yugoslavia)

11 November 1990
Bulgaria   3 - 0   Yugoslavia

18 May 1991
Czechoslovakia   25 - 3   Bulgaria

21 April 1991
Yugoslavia   22 - 6   Czechoslovakia

3 May 1992
Bulgaria   3 - 16   Czechoslovakia

Pool 2Edit

  • Semifinals
28 September 1991
Sweden   72 - 4   Finland

28 September 1991
Denmark   25 - 4   Norway

  • Third place final
29 September 1991
Finland   18 - 3   Norway

  • Final
29 September 1991
Sweden   30 - 9   Denmark

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Match also valid for RWC 1991 Qualification
  2. ^ (17-4 for Netherland on the ground, but won by Germany , for irregular players in line-up)

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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