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  • Italy Join Race For RWC 2023

    The Italian Rugby Federation has confirmed that Italy will bid to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023, following the confirmation of the announcement schedule from World Rugby last week. The hosts of 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...

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  • Italy Coach Calls For Italian Super League Team

    Italy Rugby League head coach Carlo Napolitano has urged the Rugby Football League (RFL) to explore the possibility of having an Italian team in Super League. Find out what Napolitano had to say via the link to the Sky Sports website below. Carlo Napolitano Urges RFL To Think About Super League In Italy...

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  • No Italian TV Deal Yet For Pro12

    Sportcal have reported that here is unlikely to be any live television coverage in Italy of this weekend’s matches from rugby union’s Guinness PRO12, after public-service broadcaster Rai decided against a renewed deal with the league. Rai signed an initial one-year deal covering the 2015-16 season of the competition that features teams from Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Italy, but has not struck an agreement going forward. The contract, which included the option of an additional year and was...

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  • Italy Training Camp Halted Over Pay Dispute

    Italy’s first scheduled pre-World Cup training camp was cancelled this week due to a disagreement over bonuses but a settlement is close to being reached. The players convened in Villabassa for a camp that was supposed to 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 r...

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  • B4 Capital To Distribute Italian Rugby Rights

    Media agency B4 Capital has agreed a deal with the Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) to distribute the Italy national team's global media rights. The exclusive deal with the governing body will run for four years until 2019. FIR president Alfredo Gavazi said the deal had guaranteed a "significant return" for the organisation, adding that B4 Capital had successfully fought off competition from two other agencies. B4 Capital already have a sporting presence in Italy, holding the media rights to the...

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  • BT Sport To Broadcast World Rugby U20 Championship

    BT Sport has secured the live rights to broadcast the World Rugby Under-20 Championship taking place in Italy this summer. 12 teams will be battling it out across Italy and the tournament will be shown live on BT Sport from Tuesday June 2 2015 until the final on Saturday June 20 2015. All games featuring the home nations and Ireland will be shown live during the tournament with highlights also available. Simon Green, Sports Channel Director, BT Sport, said: “BT Sport is proud of its commitment...

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  • Eurosport To Cover Italian Pro12

    Eurosport have become a broadcast partner of the Guinness PRO12 after securing exclusive rights to screen the championship in Italy and on the Eurosport Player. Viewing figures for the Guinness PRO12 have increased by 25 per cent this season and will be further boosted when Eurosport’s live coverage kicks off on November 25. Eurosport will broadcast Zebre Rugby’s visit to Ulster Rugby in Round 9, a game which will be available to viewers in Italy and across 40 countries in Europe and Asia. A...

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  • Zebras Charge into Pro12

    ... Federation (FIR) has announced that Zebre (Zebras) will be the new club to replace Aironi Rugby in the Heineken Cup and the RaboDirect PRO12 for the start of the 2012-12 season. Zebre were originally founded in 1973 as an invitational club for north-western Italy. The new club, which will take its place in the Heineken Cup pool draw in Dublin on Tuesday along with the other Italian representative Benetton Treviso, will be based in Parma and will play at the XXV Aprile Stadium which is currently...

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  • Moves - Andrew Jepson

      Andrew Jepson, a former RFU Youth Development Officer, and a long time resident of Italy, has been appointed as Rhino Rugby’s sales agent in that country. Prior to his work with the RFU from 1993 to 2000, Jepson spent eight years in Italy as club coach and development officer for RC San Bernedetto. Since returning to the country he has worked with both the Viadana and Fermo clubs in a variety of coaching and administration roles, in addition to running his own coaching and business training...

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  • SKY Italia Joins RWC Broadcasting Line-Up

    ... Italia as a rights-holding broadcaster for Rugby World Cup 2015. Under the terms of the deal, SKY Italia will broadcast live coverage of all 48 matches and will also deliver a comprehensive TV, digital and mobile offering, meaning that more people in Italy than ever before will have access to the tournament. The deal further underscores the SKY Italia's commitment rugby, with the broadcaster currently showing coverage of The Rugby Championship, Super Rugby and the European Rugby Champions Cup....

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