Italy Rugby Union

Italy Rugby Union Six Nations Betting Guide

The Italians managed to avoid the wooden spoon last year in the Six Nations and the bookies fancy they will be battling with Scotland once again to avoid finishing bottom. There is no doubt Italy are improving as a rugby force though and they will be keen to upset the odds in their matches during the 2018 Six Nations.

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Italy 2018 Six Nations Odds

Friday 23rd February, 8.00pm - France v Italy


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Italy 2018 Squad

Forwards: George Biagi, Luca Bigi, Dean Budd, Oliviero Fabiani, Simone Ferrari, Leonardo Ghiraldini, Renato Giammarioli, Giovanni Licata, Andrea Lovotti, Maxime Mata Mbanda, Sebastian Negri Da Oleggio, Sergio Parisse (Captain), Tiziano Pasquali, Nicola Quaglio, Marco Riccioni, Federico Ruzza, Abraham Steyn, Alessandro Zanni.

Backs: Tommaso Allan, Carlo Canna, Tommaso Castello, Mattia Bellini, Tommas Benvenuti, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Boni, Edoardo Gori, Jayden Hayward, Ian McKinley, Matteo Minozzo, Edoardo Padovani, Marcello Violi.

Italy 2018 Six Nations Fixtures

Date Home Score Away Betting Preview Venue
4th Feb Italy 15-46 England Preview Stadio Olimpico
10th Feb Ireland 56-19 Italy Preview Aviva Stadium
23rd Feb France v Italy Preview Stade de France
11th Mar Wales v Italy Preview Principality Stadium
17th Mar Italy v Scotland Preview Stadio Olimpico

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Italy 6 Nations Standings

Team Pld W D L PTS F PTS A Bonus Points
Ireland 2 2 0 0 71 32 1 9
England 2 2 0 0 58 21 1 9
Wales 2 1 0 1 40 19 2 6
Scotland 2 1 0 1 39 60 0 4
France 2 0 0 2 39 47 2 2
Italy 2 0 0 2 34 102 0 0

Italy Background

The Five Nations became the Six Nations when Italy became the final member of this elite band of Northern Rugby Nations and at the time there were many dissenters as it was thought they would find it hard to hold their own and compete at this level against the likes of England and France.

While they have been fighting it out for the wooden spoon ever since in recent years their performances have improved, nevertheless their ground just demonstrates where this game stands in Italian sporting rankings and that is very much as the poor relations. Many people from the home countries travel to Rome for an excuse to have another six nations venue to travel to but this novelty may well wear off over the next few years unless Italy performs at a better level.

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