By Joel Morgan, Date: 1/4/13
A major opportunity for FIRFL Secretary General and former Azzurri XIII Pierluigi Gentile will result in a boost for the rugby league movement in Italy with the Gladiators Roma Coach being appointed the new General Director of Rugby CittÃ di Frascati â€“ a semi-professional rugby club in the Serie B tier.
Gentile stated “I’m really very happy for the opportunity that it presents, my role within the Italian Rugby a Tredici Federation (FIRFL) â€“ concluded Gentile â€“ underlines how the world of rugby can bring together the two souls and how all are working towards a single objective: to enhance the world of the oval ball.â€
When quizzed about how this affects Rugby League, Mr Gentile stated â€œIt will mean now 450 kids will be under rugby leagueâ€ receiving and participate in rugby league development â€“ a never before seen major opportunity seen in Italy at the grassroots level! On top of naturally creating a larger participation it will mean the FIRFL will have a home base and field at Stadio del Rugby di Cocciano, in Frascati, Rome.
The new CEO, succeeding the resigning Bruno Formicola, will be officially presented Monday, April 1 to 11 with Frascati in the Easter event.