By Joel Morgan, Date: 6/2/13
The Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (FIRFL) is pleased to announce the establishment of our first level one coaching course throughout its participating regions. Running the course will be this yearâ€™s recently appointed Italian national team coach Tyrone Sterry.
By Joel Morgan, Date: 29/1/13
The Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League (FIRFL) presented the 2013 Rugby League season competitions on Saturday 26 January.
By Joel Morgan, Date: 9/7/12
On a warm evening in the beautiful setting of the Tre Fontane dell Eur in Rome on Saturday, June 30 the Federazione Italiana RFL held the r-Evolution League Finals, the only national based rugby league championship in Italy. The best teams from the Northern and Southern Groups met in the morning semi-final clashes, until the third place playoff and Grand Final began from 6pm.
In the morning, the Spartans Catania (Sicilia) and the Magnifici Firenze (Toscano) both failed to overturn the odds placed against them and beat the top sides and last years finalists, Rex Albinea (Reggio Emilia) and Gladiators Roma. The Islanders lead by Massimo Nicotra (Director) against the Reggio Emilian lost 24 to 12, while the Florentines coached by Luigi Ferraro were overwhelmed by Roman armor 28 to 6. After a scheduled break to avoid the scorching heat that enveloped the capital, the Finals began later in the evening.
Press Release, Date: 29/6/12
After four weeks of Rugby League played from northern to southern Italy, the r-Evolution League reaches itâ€™s final stage with the championship decider set for Saturday, June 30.
At stadio delle Tre Fontane in Romeâ€™s EUR district, at the historical home of Rugby Romano, the finals of the 3rd r-Evolution League will be hosted. The semi finals will begin at 9.30am with 25 minute halves to allow for recovery and best performance for the later matches. The final four teams ranked from the group stage will compete for a Grand Final birth. Rex Albinea, who were first in the Central-Northern Group will challenge Spartans Catania from the South, while the Gladiators Roma winners of the Central-Southern Group battle with rivals Magnifici Firenze.
Press Release: Date: 27/6/12
Defending champions XIII del Ducato from Piacenza retained the FIRL Championship title after a convincing 54-11 win in the Serie A Grand Final against newly-formed Ariete Este from Padova.
Kelly Rolleston, coach of the north-west regional side which takes in XIII del Ducato, said, "Congratulations to Este who showed a lot of determination and heart. I am pleased with how we played and it was clear that our experience over the last two seasons was a big part of our success. It was nice to see some of the new players really stamp their mark, like Giacomo Alfonsi and Davide Rancati; we were pleased with the whole day and the chance to play at home in front of our supporters.â€
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.
ITALIAN RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW
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.