Italy head coach Carlo Napolitano has named his 19 man squad to play Tonga at The Shay on Sunday(16:00).
By Phil Caplan, Date: 21/3/13
Italian rugby league has been boosted, as the Azzurri prepare for their debut in the forthcoming World Cup, following a meeting with the countryâ€™s National Olympic Committee.
A delegation of FIRL Vice President Tiziano Franchini and Treasurer Fabio Di Pietro travelled to Rome to meet with the Secretary General of the CONI, Roberto Fabbricini.
The Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (FIRFL), the ‘unofficial rugby league body’ in Italy have announced early signs of expansion for their mid-year championship - the r-Evolution League (specifically, the Central Italian group). The first new city announced for the 2015 season is L’Aquila in the Abruzzo region, after another rugby league training session held was at a new FIRFL Sports Facility (centro sportivo “dei Rogazionisti”) in Grottaferrata, a sub-city in Rome on December 22 with 27 players present, but not only for some players from Lazio, but much wider in Umbria and Abruzzo.
Following successful trial camps, Italy have named their squad for a two match U19s series against the touring England Lionhearts Youth.
Both matches will be played in Este.
By Phil Caplan, Date: 12/5/13
Using their inaugural appearance in this autumnâ€™s Rugby League World Cup as a springboard, the Federazione Italiana Rugby League is determined to ensure further growth in all areas of the sport.
In addition to an expanded senior menâ€™s competition â€“ which will see 12 teams play in three regions, four of them newcomers - and increased youth activity, FIRL is also restarting womenâ€™s rugby league.
“Our goal is the World Cup,” claims vice president of the Federation of Italian Rugby League Tiziano Franchini, as his side prepare for 2017 Rugby League World Cup European Qualifiers Pool A games with Wales and Serbia.
By Joel Morgan, Date: 23/5/13
In the lead up to the Italian Rugby League (FIRFL) national teamâ€™s international match against the Rest of the World on May 25 at 5.30pm in Palmi, Reggio Calabria at campo da Rugby San Giorgio an Italian Rugby star has lent his support to the Azzurri XIII.
By Tiziano Franchini, Date: 19/7/13
Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the municipal field of Modena, the XIII del Ducato won their fourth title in a row and were again named Italian Rugby League Champions, but this year the team from Piacenza were tested right to the last minute.
The game began with the North West Rooster's in attack and after just a few minutes the Roosters scored a try to take themselves out to a 4 to 0 lead, Gert Peens missed the transformation. After a slow start the XIII del Ducato grew in confidence and began to grind down the opposition scoring 4 well executed tries.
By Tiziano Franchini, Date:5/4/13
On Friday, March 15, 2013, F.I.R.L. Was invited by Australian Ambassador Mr David Ritchie, for a meeting to talk about the sport of rugby league
Italian Rugby League Vice President Tiziano Franchini, Treasurer Fabio Di Pietro, spent an afternoon with Ambassador David Ritchie talking about Italy, future proposals for rugby league, FIRL and the Italian community in Australia.
Press Release, 27/6/12
In round three, the Spartans Catania battled Gladiators for their r-Evolution Leagueâ€™s Southern Group match played in the Italian capital on June 16.
At "Tre Fontane di Romaâ€, the Sicilians had a tough trip via the motorway to reach the capital with a tough showdown expected against, the Italian Champions, Gladiators Roma!A win for either franchise would propel their teamâ€™s chances going into the finals, while those who lost still have assurance of collecting second place in the group and facing a more difficult semi-final berth.