Alfredo Gavazzi

  • Italy Join Race For RWC 2023

    ... the 10th Rugby World Cup will be made ​​official in May 2017 and Italy have joined Ireland and South Africa in formally confirming their intention to bids, with an application also widely expected from the USA. Italian Rugby Federation president Alfredo Gavazzi said: "I am sure that today Italian rugby has everything you need to organise a memorable Rugby World Cup and that whole movement, in the next two years, will work to ensure that this dream can become a reality." Neither Italy or I...

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  • New FIR Agreement Confirmed

    ... Premiership teams. But, under the new agreement, the FIR will ensure the participation of two Italian teams in the competition for the next four years. The agreement between FIR, SRU, WRU and IRFU will be officially signed in due course. FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi hailed the news as a "huge victory", as it emerged that the FIR have also managed to negotiate a huge reduction, by more than two-thirds, of the €3million fee it paid to have two franchises in the league. Gavazzi: "The €3millio...

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  • Treviso To Continue In The Pro12

    ... (FIR) and Benetton Treviso have confirmed an agreement has been reached for the side to continue participation in the PRO12 tournament for the next four years. The agreement follows a series of consultations held in recent months between FIR President Alfredo Gavazzi and Treviso officials. The continued participation of the Italian side, along with that of Zebre, also sees the FIR becoming an equal partner in the tournament with effect from July 1st 2014. Included in the agreement is the annua...

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  • Italy Training Camp Halted Over Pay Dispute

    ... last for three weeks on Sunday but refused to train or wear the appropriate kit as they wanted a match-by-match bonus scheme for their performances in the Rugby World Cup rather than the one-off payment proposed by the FIR. The president of the FIR, Alfredo Gavazzi, has now reportedly told the media in Italy that the players have been offered €3,000 (£2,150) for the training camp, €7,000 (£5,017) for a win over Canada or Romania, €12,000 (£8,601) for a victory over France and €18,000...

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  • Pro12 Waits For Italian Settlement

    The president of the Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) insists that Treviso and Zebre will not be expelled from the Guinness Pro12, despite reportedly owing a significant sum of money to other clubs, according to the BBC. Alfredo Gavazzi says he has proposed a "mediation" plan to the Irish, Scottish and Welsh unions over 1.5m euros (approx £1.13m) owed to the rest of the Pro12 clubs. "I 100 per cent exclude any kind of expulsion as we're equal partners and there are contracts in place," he told...

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  • Treviso To Abandon Pro12 Next Season

    Bennetton Treviso have announced their intention to abandon the Pro12 next season in favour of a more suitable - but as yet unknown - alternative. Their fellow Italian Pro12 club, Zebre, is expected to follow suit. The club are said to be frustrated by "a prolonged lack of final decisions". An official statement said: "Benetton Rugby from now on declares itself available to consider, and eventually participate, in future tournaments or games that the Italian Rugby Federation wishes to propose, o...

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  • Cariparma Continue As Italy Sponsors

    ... continue to serve as the shirt sponsor of Italy’s national rugby union side. It will also sponsor the upcoming autumn internationals, which will be known as Cariparma Test Matches. Financial terms of the renewal have not been released. FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi said: "We are happy to be able to continue to carry the Cariparma brand on our chest and we hope to share with the group, in the seasons ahead of us, a growing number of successes." Elsewhere in Italian rugby, Zebre have signed a n...

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  • San Siro To Host 2015 Heineken Cup Final

    ... solution to the ongoing dispute. The stadium, which holds 80,000 people, plays host to both of Milan's football teams, AC Milan and Inter Milan. If the tournament does go ahead in 2015, it will be the first time that a final has been held in Italy. Alfredo Gavazzi, the president of Italian Rugby, said: “This is a tournament which plays a key role in the continued development of our top clubs, and which also is critical for the progress of our national team. Regarding the future, I do not...

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  • Italy Withdraw From 2023 Bidding Process

    ... closely linked and it was not possible to carry on. "As it has always been closely connected to that of the Olympic Games of Rome 2024, the candidacy for the 10th edition of the Rugby World Cup has no more conditions to continue," said FIR president Alfredo Gavazzi. "We remain convinced of the great potential of the Italian bid, which would bring undoubted benefits and necessary improvements in Italian stadiums," he added. "We are aware that we have missed a fantastic opportunity to further emb...

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  • 6N Seals Deals With Discovery Italy, Rugby Pass and DAZN But Not Amazon....Yet

    ... in the country. The broadcaster has also secured the rights to show the Women's Six Nations in Italy with all of the national women’s team’s matches being shown on the Discovery-owned Eurosport network. The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) president Alfredo Gavazzi, added: "In the last four years the collaboration between FIR and Discovery Italy has developed to become one of the strategic assets of FIR communication. DMAX has become the reference channel for all the supporters of our nationa...

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