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Italy to host 2020 U19 Rugby League European Championship

Eight nations will again contest the U19s European Championship in 2020, with Italy hosting the event for the first time. North East coastal city Lignano Sabbiadoro will be the base for the biennial event which will take place from 3-13 September 2020.

Italy Rugby League map

Rugby League Planet – Italy snapshot and rugby league results


This page was updated 14/3/14

Foundation Year - 1960

International Team - Federazione Italiana Rugby League

Highest finish in World Cup - Runner-up Emerging Nations World Cup Final (2000)

Top level domestic competition - Italy currently has two independant bodies who run rugby league in Italy the FIRL (Official) and the FIRFL.

Italy Qualify for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup

Italy defeat Spain to book place in 2021 Rugby League World Cup


Despite being down to 12 men for most of the second half, after centre Ethan Napoli was sent off for a high tackle, and 11 for a spell when his winger Emanuele Passera was sin binned for a similar offence, Italy duly qualified for the 2021 World Cup with a six-try performance.

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North West Roosters, A New Rugby League with South African style

By:Tiziano Franchini, Date: 21/5/13

Today, F.I.R.L. wants to introduce to the rugby league world the new Italian club, the North West Roosters. let’s talk with the founders of this new club located in the Piemonte Area, Chris De Meyer and Gert Peens.

Kenya to play rebel Italian team in their Rugby League debut

Date: 10/3/14

The wait for the first official fixture in 2014 for the Italian Azzurri is already approaching, the Azzurri will fly to Watamu (in Kenya) to challenge a representative team of the African country on March 21.

Italy and Serbia women's teams clash in Lignano Sabbiadoro

Italy’s women win first Test on home soil as Serbia make bow

A brace of tries from loose forward Erica Neri and ten points via playmaker Rosaluna Gavagna, from a touchdown and three converstions, saw Italy's women register their first home win, 26-0, against debutants Serbia, at Bella Italia EFA Village, Lignano Sabbiadoro.


RLEF statement on Italian Rugby League

By Phil Caplan, Date: 18/4/13

Following recent statements on social media concerning rugby league in Italy, the RLEF reconfirms its position that FIRL (Federazione Italiana Rugby League) is the sole legal and recognised National Governing Body of Italian rugby league. FIRL has recently opened a dialogue with the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), including a meeting with its Secretary General Roberto Fabbricini and the RLEF rejects any claim that CONI recognises any other body as the legal Italian national governing body of rugby league.

Italy Rugby League

Leoni Veneti reclaim Italian Origin crown

By Phil Caplan, Date:24/7/13

Leoni Veneti reclaimed the Italian State of Origin crown with a 40-30 win over Longobardi in Piacenza.

In a tough, committed contest, the added incentive for the players was a potential place in the Italian side to take on Germany this weekend in the European Shield.

FIRFL in Kenya

The breakaway Italian Rugby League tackles Kenya


The breakaway Italian Rugby League has arrived in Africa to kick-start the Kenya Charity Camp FIRFL Project! The FIRFL wants to expand its borders through an important initiative to assist Kenyan kids.

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FIRFL Executive’s new appointment to boost Rugby League in Italy

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 Città di Frascati – a semi-professional rugby club in the Serie B tier.