RUGBY. International tests. The summer of all dangers for Italy

Although he was able to defeat the Welsh in Cardiff last March after an incredible match, Italy has not cleared up any doubts about his presence in the tournament. He chained six wooden spoons in a row (from 2016 to 2021 and recorded only two victories in the last eight editions). The debate on the subject is lively and many are calling for a rise-and-fall with the first of the “Six Nations B”.6 Nations. VIDEO. Italy. With an EXCEPTIONAL recovery, Ange Capuozzo turns off Cardiff with the gongBy playing three of the best nations in this B Tournament (Russia and Spain are missing), the Italians are therefore exposed to serious criticism … Especially if they lose! In case of clear and precise victories over these three opponents, we will say that Italy is legitimate in the flagship competition of European rugby. On the other hand, if she has difficulties or worse if she is hit, the debate will be revived and the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčascent-descent will stand out again.

What program for Capuozzo and his teammates?

On June 25, the Transalpins will face Portugal first (20th in the world rankings) at the Estadio de Relo in Lisbon. A historic match for several reasons: for the first time, a women’s quartet will referee a men’s event and the two teams have not faced each other for … fifteen years and the 2007 World Cup (victory for Italy, 31 years). -5). Recall that in twelve matches, Os Lobos won once (9-6 in 1973) and drew (0-0 in 1972). After Spain’s disqualification for the 2023 World Cup, Patrice Lagisquet’s men can still hope to qualify for the World Cup by beating the play-offs. They will want to show that they have progressed and that they can recover the Italian scalp after hanging on to the Japanese last November (defeat 25-38).RUGBY.  International.  Why will the Portugal-Italy match be historic?RUGBY. International. Why will the Portugal-Italy match be historic?Six days later, the 15th Italian will play against Romania (17th nation in the world) at the Arcul Triumphal Stadium in Bucharest. The venue is quite small (about 8000 seats) but the reception is likely to be warm. The Oaks have not outscored the Azzurri since 2004 and since the end of their golden age (mid-1990s), Carpathian players have clearly lagged behind the Italians in the European hierarchy. But among opponents who promise to be tough, the Squadra Azzura will have to be very solid to win (In 42 matches, Italy won 23 times, Romania 16 and there were 3 draws). In their last match, during the 2015 World Cup, Italy beat Romania by ten points: 32-22 in Exeter.FLASHBACK.  When Romania was a great power in international rugbyFLASHBACK. When Romania was a great power in international rugbyFinally, for the final stage, Ange Capuozzo’s teammates will go to Tbilisi to face Georgia at home. The two nations are very close to the world rankings: Georgia ranks 12th while Italy ranks 14th in the world. The two teams only faced each other twice for two Italian victories… in Italy: 31-22 in 2008 and 28-17 in 2018. This time, the task of the azzurri promises to be very complicated, because the Lelos are tough opponents and will transcend themselves to play in front of their audience. The Causasians have never won the big nations although they were sometimes very close as against Ireland during the 2007 World Cup (10-14 defeat in Bordeaux). The opportunity is fantastic to show that they can finally cross this threshold and possibly replace Italy in the Tournament …

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