Italian Rugby Federation
The Italian Rugby Federation (Italian: Federazione Italiana Rugby) or FIR is the governing body for the sport of rugby union in Italy. The FIR has one seat on the 28-member World Rugby Council, the governing body of World Rugby. (All other members of the Six Nations have two seats on the Council.)
|Federazione Italiana Rugby|
|World Rugby affiliation||1987|
|Rugby Europe affiliation||1934|
|Men's coach||Franco Smith|
|Women's coach||Andrea Di Giandomenico|
There are two fully professional Italian clubs that play in the Pro14, in the European Rugby Champions Cup and in the European Rugby Challenge Cup — Benetton and Zebre. There are twelve semi-professional Italian clubs that play in the Top12, four of which qualify to play in the European Rugby Challenge Cup Qualifying Competition to qualify to the European Rugby Challenge Cup.
On 25 July 1911 a Propaganda Committee was formed to promote the sport of rugby union in Italy. In 1928 this body became the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR). In 1934 the FIR was a founder member of the Fédération Internationale de Rugby Amateur, now known as Rugby Europe.
The FIR joined the International Rugby Football Board, later known as the International Rugby Board and now as World Rugby, in 1987 when Italy took part in the inaugural World Cup. The Italy national rugby union team has played in the Six Nations Championship since 2000.
- Alfredo Gavazzi (2012–present) - founder of Rugby Calvisano
- Giancarlo Dondi (1996-2012) - Gained Italy's entry into the Six Nations Championship in 2000
- Maurizio Mondelli (1984-1996)
The FIR is responsible for fielding several men's national teams:
- Italy national rugby union team - plays in the Six Nations and in the Rugby World Cup
- Emerging Italy - plays in the World Rugby Nations Cup or in the World Rugby Tbilisi Cup
- Italy national rugby sevens team - plays in the Sevens Grand Prix Series, has participated in the Rugby World Cup Sevens
- Italy national under-20 rugby union team - plays in the Junior World Championship or in the World Rugby Under 20 Trophy and in the Six Nations Under 20s
The FIR is also responsible for fielding several women's national teams:
- ESPN Scrum, Italian rugby chief wades into euro row, Sep. 20, 2012, http://www.espnscrum.com/heineken-cup-2012-13/rugby/story/170055.html
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