Nowadays you can't win much in rugby if you're proficient in one aspect of the game only, be it offense or defense. You've got to bring your "A" game when getting closer to the opponents 22 and at the same time defend in full strength from the second you lose the ball. Attacking is nothing … Leggi tutto URC defenses and attacks: who’s got the best of both worlds?
Disclaimer: I am Italian and I am disappointed by how my team showed up in Batumi. A by-and-large strong Italian side, although with many adjustments that made me shake in my boots, lost 28-19 against a solid Georgia in what is called "the Las Vegas of the Black Sea". The stadium was full, the crowd … Leggi tutto The Georgian win over Italy is a cry for inclusion from tier 2 rugby
The production of young, high-level talent in the Italian rugby movement has been since long restricted to a single national academy gathering the very best athletes on a yearly invitational basis. Recently, the production of players seemingly ready for professional rugby has substantially increased and this has been noticed by many, with Italy U20 consistently … Leggi tutto Italian rugby academies towards a substantial reform
This article is intended for a non-Italian audience. It happens every year, at least in recent times. During the weeks of the Six Nations tournament supporters from the Home Nations and France repeat the adagio: why is Italy even involved, since they aren't level with the others? We've lost more than 30 matches in a … Leggi tutto Dissecting the Italian rugby movement