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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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  • Zebre Collapse, FIR Take Over

    Ownership and management of Italian PRO12 side Zebre has been taken over by The Italian Federation (FIR) after doubts over The financial stability of The team’s holding company, Zebre Rugby Srl. Doubts emerged about Zebre's future after players were reportedly not paid for two months and There are still concerns about wheTher They will play beyond The 2017-18 season. A new company called Zebre Rugby Club Company has been created and a new chief executive and directors have been appointed. An F...

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  • Sportitalia Become PRO12 Partner

    RaboDirect Pro12 (Pro12) and The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) have announced that Sportitalia will be appointed host broadcaster for The 2012/13 RaboDirect PRO12 in Italy. The Milan-based television company, which has in The past broadcast both The French Top14 and The Six Nations U20 Italian matches, will produce and broadcast live on free-to-air TV The twenty two RaboDirect Pro12 matches that will be played on Italian soil. They will also receive from The oTher official broadcasters The feed...

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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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  • Cariparma Continue As Italy Sponsors

    The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) has extended its sponsorship deal with Cariparma Credit Agricole Group committing to The body until 2017. Cariparma has been The FIR's principal commercial backer since January 2007 and as part of The new three-year deal The banking group will 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 no...

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  • Zebras Charge into Pro12

    The Italian Rugby 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 w...

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  • New FIR Agreement Confirmed

    The Federazione Italiana Rugby (FIR) will join Celtic Rugby as an equal partner ahead of next season, conFIRming The continued participation of two Italian teams in what is currently known as The RaboDirect PRO12 for The next four years. Following a meeting in London on Tuesday 4 March between The FIR and The Celtic Rugby Unions (SRU, IRFU, WRU), an agreement was reached for The Italian Federation to join Celtic Rugby as an equal partner from 1 July 2014 onwards and The terms of participation...

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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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  • San Siro To Host 2015 Heineken Cup Final

    The San Siro has been named as The venue for The 2015 Heineken Cup final, if The competition still exists at that point. The decision to name a stadium for 2015 has been questioned as both Premiership Rugby and France’s Ligue Nationale de Rugby have said that They will not participate in furTher talks with The European Rugby Cup (ERC) to find a 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...

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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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