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Benetton Rugby (Italian pronunciation: [ˌbenetˈton ˈrɛɡbi treˈviːzo] or Italian pronunciation: [ˌbenetˈton ˈraɡbi treˈviːzo]) are an Italian professional rugby union team based in Treviso, Veneto competing in the Pro14 and the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

Benetton Rugby
Benetton rugby.svg
Full nameBenetton Rugby
UnionFederazione Italiana Rugby
Founded1932; 87 years ago (1932)
LocationTreviso, Italy
Ground(s)Stadio Comunale di Monigo (Capacity: 6,700)
PresidentAmerino Zatta
Director of RugbyMarius Goosen
Coach(es)Kieran Crowley
Captain(s)Dean Budd
League(s)Pro14
2018-193rd(Conference B)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.benettonrugby.it

Treviso rugby team was founded in 1932 and has won 15 Italian national championships. The team has been owned by the Benetton clothing company since 1979. Treviso have competed in the Pro14 (formerly the Pro12) since 2010, and have previously competed in the Italian domestic championship.

Treviso have supplied many players to the Italian national team, such as Alessandro Zanni and Leonardo Ghiraldini. Conversely, several notable foreign internationals have played for Treviso, including Rugby World Cup winners Craig Green, John Kirwan and Michael Lynagh.

The President of Treviso Rugby is Amerino Zatta.

Since 1982 the club has also had a women's team, known as Red Panthers, which has won 16 national championships.

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HistoryEdit

Amateur era: 1932–1995Edit

Treviso rugby team was founded in 1932. The club won its first honour when it took the 1952 Italian premiership. Benetton Treviso won its first Italian Cup in 1970 and in 1978 won the Italian premiership again. The year after Benetton became the main sponsor, the team's name became "Benetton Rugby Treviso". Treviso won the domestic premiership in 1983, then again in 1989 and in the 1992 season.

Professional era: 1995–presentEdit

Benetton Treviso Rugby turned professional after 1995. They dominated the Italian league from 1997 until 2010, winning the championship 10 times (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010) during those 14 seasons and twice finishing second.[1] They also won the Italian Cup in 1998.

Benetton Treviso has competed in the Heineken Cup competition almost every year since the competition began in 1995 along with the professional era. Benetton Treviso competed in the inaugural 1995–96 Heineken Cup, winning one game and losing one. The following season they played four matches, winning one game. In the 1998–99 Heineken Cup, they won three games. Benetton Treviso spent the 2000–01 and 2002–03 seasons in the European Challenge Cup, but have appeared in the Heineken Cup in each season since then. They won half of their games during the 2004–05 Heineken Cup, but won only one match in the following four seasons (at Newport Gwent Dragons in 2007). In the 2009–10 Heineken Cup opener, they defeated reigning French Top 14 champions Perpignan 9–8 in Treviso.

Following the 2009–10 season, Treviso left the Italian domestic competition and in 2010–11 was one of two Italian teams to join the Celtic League to play against clubs from Ireland, Wales and Scotland. The new league was to be known as the Pro12. Both Italian teams were guaranteed places annually into the Heineken Cup, which had previously been awarded to the two top teams in the domestic Italian National Championship of Excellence.[2] An agreement had been reached in early March 2010 to allow two Italian teams a place in the Celtic League. In 2010, it was proposed that Aironi and a new team, Praetorians Roma, would join,[3] but Treviso were nominated instead. Treviso and a combination of Duchi Nord-Ovest rugby clubs could not agree to form one regional representative club and lost out in the first round of bidding.[4] However, Pretorians Roma failed to satisfy financial criteria, and Treviso instead joined the Pro12.[5]

Treviso finished their first two season in the Pro12 (2010–11 and 2011–12) in 10th place, while in the 2012–13 season they finished 7th with 50 points. In the next three seasons, Treviso performed poorly, ending 11th, 11th and 12th out of twelve teams. After that, a new head coach was engaged for the 2016/2017 season, the New Zealander Kieran Crowley. The former All Black formed a new coaching team with two ex-Italian internationals, Marco Bortolami and Fabio Ongaro. Treviso finished the season in 10th place.

In 2017/2018, the championship was joined by two South Africans teams, becoming the Pro14, and was divided ito two conferences. This season Treviso nearly reached the European Rugby Champions Cup play-offs, ending 5th in the conference with 55 points. For first time since Treviso joined this league the club has been able to record more wins than losses (11 against 10).

Ahead of the 2017/18 season, Benetton Rugby Treviso was renamed Benetton Rugby.[citation needed]

HonoursEdit

Current standingsEdit

2018–19 Pro14 Table view · watch · edit · discuss
Conference A
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1   Glasgow Warriors (RU) 21 16 0 5 621 380 +241 83 48 15 2 81
2   Munster (SF) 21 16 0 5 612 348 +264 82 44 11 2 77
3   Connacht (QF) 21 12 0 9 475 394 +81 60 55 7 6 61
4   Ospreys (PO) 21 12 0 9 445 404 +41 53 47 6 4 58
5   Cardiff Blues 21 10 0 11 497 451 +46 60 58 7 7 54
6   Cheetahs 21 8 1 12 541 606 −65 80 80 9 3 46
7   Zebre 21 3 0 18 260 640 −380 35 85 5 2 19
Conference B
Team P W D L PF PA PD TF TA TBP LBP PTS
1   Leinster (CH) 21 15 1 5 672 385 +287 95 49 12 2 76
2   Ulster (SF) 21 13 2 6 441 424 +17 58 54 6 1 63
3   Benetton (QF) 21 11 2 8 474 431 +43 62 55 6 3 57
4   Scarlets 21 10 0 11 510 470 +40 68 54 7 5 52
5   Edinburgh 21 10 0 11 431 436 −5 52 59 6 5 51
6   Dragons 21 5 1 15 339 599 −260 37 84 1 3 26
7   Southern Kings 21 2 1 18 385 735 −350 54 107 5 7 22
If teams are level at any stage, tiebreakers are applied in the following order -[6]
  1. number of matches won
  2. the difference between points for and points against
  3. the number of tries scored
  4. the most points scored
  5. the difference between tries for and tries against
  6. the fewest red cards received
  7. the fewest yellow cards received

Green background indicates teams that compete in the Pro14 play-offs, and also earn a place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
(excluding South African teams who are ineligible)

Blue background indicates teams outside the play-off places that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Champions Cup
Yellow background indicates the loser of the play-off between the two fourth-ranked European teams in each conference, that earned a place in the 2019–20 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
Plain background indicates teams that earn a place in the 2019–20 European Rugby Challenge Cup.
(CH) Champions. (RU) Runners-up. (SF) Losing semi-finalists. (QF) Losing quarter-finalists. (PO) Champions Cup play-off winners.

Season recordsEdit

Celtic League / Pro12Edit

Season Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2010–11 10th 22 9 0 13 2 38
2011–12 10th 22 7 0 15 8 36
2012–13 7th 22 10 2 10 6 50
2013–14 11th 22 5 1 16 8 30
2014–15 11th 22 3 1 18 5 19
2015–16 12th 22 3 0 19 8 20
2016–17 10th 22 5 0 17 3 23

Pro14Edit

Season Conference Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2017–18 Conference B 5th 21 11 0 10 11 55
2018–19 Conference B 3rd 21 11 2 8 9 57
Quarter-final Munster 15–13 Benetton Rugby
2019–20 Conference B 1st 0 0 0 0 0 0

European Rugby Challenge CupEdit

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
2000–01 Pool 1 2nd 6 5 0 1 0 10
2002–03 2nd round Newcastle Falcons 43 – 32 Treviso (aggregate score)
2016–17 Pool 1 3rd 6 2 0 4 0 8
2018–19 Pool 5 2nd 6 4 0 2 4 20

Heineken Cup / European Rugby Champions CupEdit

Season Pool/Round Pos Played Won Drawn Lost Bonus Points
1995–96 Pool 1 2nd 2 1 0 1 0 2
1996–97 Pool 1 4th 4 1 0 3 0 2
1997–98 Pool 5 3rd 6 2 0 4 0 4
1998–99 Pool 4 3rd 6 3 0 3 0 6
1999–00 Pool 5 3rd 6 2 0 4 0 4
2001–02 Pool 2 4th 6 1 0 5 0 2
2003–04 Pool 5 3rd 6 1 0 5 1 5
2004–05 Pool 2 3rd 6 3 0 3 2 14
2005–06 Pool 4 4th 6 0 0 6 3 3
2006–07 Pool 1 4th 6 0 0 6 0 0
2007–08 Pool 1 4th 6 1 0 5 1 5
2008–09 Pool 3 4th 6 0 0 6 0 0
2009–10 Pool 1 4th 6 1 0 5 1 5
2010–11 Pool 5 4th 6 0 0 6 1 1
2011–12 Pool 5 4th 6 1 1 4 1 7
2012–13 Pool 2 4th 6 1 0 5 1 5
2013–14 Pool 5 4th 6 0 0 6 0 0
2014–15 Pool 5 4th 6 1 0 5 0 4
2015–16 Pool 4 4th 6 0 0 6 0 0
2017–18 Pool 5 4th 6 0 0 6 4 4
2019–20 Pool 4th 0 0 0 0 0 0

StadiumEdit

The team play at the Stadio Comunale di Monigo in Treviso, 4 km northwest of the city centre. The stadium has two covered stands and a capacity of 6,700.

Staff and coaching teamEdit

Current squadEdit

Benetton Pro14 squad[a] [b]

Props

Hookers

Locks

Back row

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wings

Fullbacks

(c) denotes the team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped players.
* denotes players qualified to play for Italy on residency or dual nationality.
Players and their allocated positions from the Benetton Rugby website.[7]
  1. ^ Taking into account signings and departures head of 2019–20 season as listed on List of 2019–20 Pro14 transfers.
  2. ^ a b He has a dual contract. During the season he also can play, on loan, with Top12 team Fiamme Oro

Permit player squadEdit

Benetton Permit Players squad [a][b]

Props

Hookers

  • None

Locks

Back row

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

  • None

Centres

Wings

  • None

Fullbacks

  • None
(c) denotes the team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped players.
* denotes players qualified to play for Italy on residency or dual nationality.
Players and their allocated positions from the Benetton Rugby website.[8]
  1. ^ a b c d e Under contract with Benetton and Top12 team Petrarca Padova
  2. ^ a b Under contract with Benetton and Top12 team Rovigo Delta

Selected former playersEdit

Italian playersEdit

Former players who have played for Benetton and have caps for Italy

Overseas playersEdit

Former players who have played for Benetton and have caps for their Representative Team

I DogiEdit

Treviso is an executive member of the historical territorial representative of I Dogi (the Doges) that have recovered in 2015 and represents several clubs in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia.[9] Currently no provision is made for a selection Seniors who take the field with the shirt of The Doges: to represent its brand and colors are at this stage the representative under-14, under-16 male and female under-18 male and female managed by Veneto Regional Committee. May occur during the right conditions, there is still the desire to be able to field, even if it is currently not a priority.[10]

In the past, Dogi was a historical invitaional team that included the best players of Triveneto, area of Italy in which this sport is very widespread. The team was founded on 17 December 1973 in Treviso, and played its last game on 17 November 1993. In twenty years they played 22 games with teams of international level, collecting 15 victories. The selection shirt was red, with golden edges.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ National Championship of Excellence
  2. ^ "Italian teams to join Magners League". RTÉ News. 8 March 2010.
  3. ^ "Celtic League 2008/09 News : Aironi and Praetorians set for Magners League | Live Rugby News | ESPN Scrum". Scrum.com. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  4. ^ "International Rugby Union | Italy Rugby Union News". Planet Rugby. 21 July 2009. Archived from the original on 28 September 2011. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Tue, Nov 03, 2009 – Italians' bid to join the League not a done deal". The Irish Times. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 11 November 2011.
  6. ^ Competition Rule 3.5 "Summary of Key Rules". Pro14. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
  7. ^ "Giocatori". Benetton Rugby (in Italian). Retrieved 11 September 2017.
  8. ^ https://benettonrugby.it/cominciata-ufficialmente-la-stagione-sportiva-19-20-del-benetton-rugby/
  9. ^ http://www.crvenetorugby.it/2015/07/02/i-dogi-ritrovano-la-propria-anima-triveneta/
  10. ^ http://www.crvenetorugby.it/2015/04/20/nasce-a-monigo-lunione-rugby-dogi/

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