Rugby Rovigo Delta

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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.

Rugby Rovigo Delta
Full nameRugby Rovigo Delta S.r.l.
UnionItalian Rugby Federation
Founded1935; 85 years ago (1935)
LocationRovigo, Italy
Ground(s)Stadio Mario Battaglini (Capacity: 5,500)
PresidentFrancesco Zambelli
Coach(es)Umberto Casellato
Captain(s)Matteo Ferro
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

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, 2018-19
  • Coppa Italia/Excellence Trophy
    • Champions (1): 2019-20
    • Runners-up (3): 1997–98, 2005–06, 2013−14

Current squadEdit

The Rovigo Delta senior squad for 2019–20 is:

Rovigo Delta squad [a][b]




Back row






(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 Rovigo Delta website.[3]
  1. ^ a b He has a dual contract with Rovigo Delta and Pro14 team Benetton. [1]
  2. ^ a b Also additional player for Pro14 team Zebre. [2]

Selected former playersEdit

Italian playersEdit

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

Overseas playersEdit

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


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  3. ^ "First XV". Rurby Rovigo Delta.

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