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The Size of the Prize – Italy v Spain

World Cup Qualifier – Round three Spain were right up against it. In the match that mattered most, they were meeting the hot favourites on their home ground, and their national anthem doesn’t allow them to let off steam with a good sing. Quins’ fans were delighted to learn that Giada Franco was playing for

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Italy make Hay – Rugby World Cup European Qualifiers

This was the first of three sessions of double internationals to decide who goes through to the World Cup next year. Italy v Scotland The Azzurre began as they did against England in the Six Nations, dominating most phases of play. inside a minute Scotland were pinged for holding on. The well-controlled rolling maul that

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Italy rejigs its Elite Club Structure

On 16 July the Italian Rugby Union (FIR) announced its new plans for women’s club rugby next season. Daniele Pacini, the Technical Director, laid out the next steps towards building a thriving set of club competitions to raise Italy’s standing in world rugby. Six clubs will form an elite league (Group A) within Serie A,

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Pride and Rankings at Stake

Italy v Ireland; Scotland v Wales The clash of the two I’s in Dublin is hard to predict. Both sides have match-winners; both have shown flashes of outstanding form. Italy are full of confidence as they reach No 5 in world rankings, three places above the hosts. They may pay the penalty of surrendering home

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Italy prepare to take on England – Six Nations

Andrea Di Giandomenico has announced 26 names for the squad to take on England on Saturday 10 April: Ilaria ARRIGHETTI (Stade Rennais, France, 45 caps) Sara BARATTIN (Arredissima Villorba, 95 caps) Melissa BETTONI (Stade Rennais, France, 58 caps) Lucia CAMMARANO (Rugby Belve Neroverdi, 24 caps) Alyssa D’INCA (Arredissima Villorba, uncapped) Giordana DUCA (Valsugana Rugby Padova,

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More Catching Up and Italy Decides

Allianz Premier 15s Two more catch-up games played over the weekend brought the league nearly up-to-date. Only Wasps’ visit to Durham waits till 3 April. Both games reached their expected conclusions, Gloucester-Hartpury trouncing DMP Durham Sharks, and Sarries seeing off a spirited Sale side that posted one of the larger totals against the champions, 18

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