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Zebre
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Founded 2012
Union Italian Rugby Federation
Location Parma, Italy
Ground Stadio XXV Aprile, Parma
Capacity 3,500
Coach Flag of Italy Roberto Manghi (Director of Rugby)
Flag of France Christian Gajan (Technical Director)
Captain Gonzalo Garcia
League Pro 12
2012–13
Official website
www.zebrerugby.eu
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Zebre (Italian for zebras) are an Italian professional rugby union team competing in the RaboDirect Pro12 and the Heineken Cup from the 2012/13 season[1]. They are based in Parma, Italy. They are operated by the FIR and replaced Aironi in the Pro12[2][3][4][5][6].



HistoryEdit

Entry by Italian teams into the Celtic League had been proposed for many years. After several failed attempts there was hope that a deal for Italian entry would be done in time for the 2010/2011 season, with the Scots delaying support for entry until changes were made to the Celtic League management structure. In February 2010 it was announced that the planned expansion of the Celtic League was to be put on hold. The reasons were the insistence by existing members that the Italian teams could be ejected after three years. Also the financial demands the league placed on the Italians could not be met. The existing teams said this was to cover the need to have larger squads to cover the extra fixtures and additional travel expenses.[7] Agreement was reached in early March 2010 to allow Italian teams entry to the Celtic League in time for the 2010–11 season.[8] The clubs will also be guaranteed places annually into the Heineken Cup which had previously been awarded to the two top teams in the Super 10.



Italy have failed to make an impact in the Six Nations Championship since joining in 2000. This has largely been blamed on the fact their best players do not have a competitive enough domestic tournament or are forced to play abroad. The fact that the Six Nations decider in 2009 between Wales and Ireland featured 42 Celtic League players out of 44 in their squads supported this notion.[9]



After initial applications in 2010 it was proposed that Aironi would join along with a new team Praetorians Roma,[10] but Benetton Rugby Treviso were nominated instead. Benetton Treviso and Duchi Nord-Ovest could not agree to form one club to represent the Veneto region and lost out in the first round of bidding despite the region being the traditional home of Italian rugby.[11] However Pretorians Roma failed to satisfy the evaluators of their financial muscle and Benetton Treviso were nominated in their place.[12]



Aironi struggled in their first season. Only a surprise European Cup win over Biarritz was the only highlight of a campaign that saw them manage only one Pro 12 victory. At the end of a second season of struggle on the pitch, Aironi succumbed to financial difficulties off it. Their license, to play both in the European Cup and Pro 12 League was revoked by the Italian Rugby Federation. [13] The Federation decided against another domestic Italian club taking over the running of the license, Instead opting to maintain complete control of a planned new franchise. [14] In June 2012 it was announced that the new franchise would be known as Zebre and based in Parma. [15]



The TeamEdit

NameEdit

Zebre (English: Zebras) was chosen by the Italian Rugby Federation as the new franchise's name. Previously the name had been used by an invitational select rugby union team based in North Western Italy that played regular fixtures between 1973 and 1996.



Stadium & TrainingEdit

The team play in Parma at XXV Aprile Stadium, the home ground of Crociati Parma. Initially the ground is being refurbished and expanded. Zebre held their 2012 Summer training camp at Parma University.[16]



PlayersEdit

Zebre will be mostly based around Italian players, rather than foreigners. [17] Of the initial list of thirty-six contracted players, only three were ineligible to play for Italy. Nineteen former Aironi players were included in the original squad. An emphasis on youth development was also visible, with a significant portion of the squad being made up of members of the Italian Rugby Federation Academy.[18]



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Squad 2012/2013Edit

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  • Players in bold capped internationally.
  • Players and their allocated positions from the Zebre Rugby Website[20] as at 30 July 2012.



Transfers In 2012/13Edit

  • Andrea de Marchi (Aironi)
  • Salvatore Perugini (Aironi)
  • Carlo Festuccina
  • Flavio Tripodi (Crociati)
  • Marco Bortolami (Aironi)
  • Quintin Geldenhuys (Aironi)
  • Nicola Cattina (Aironi)
  • Nicola Belardo (Cavalieri Prato)
  • Michael van Vuren (Crociati)
  • Filippo Cristiano (Rovigo)
  • Filippo Ferrarini (Aironi)
  • Emiliano Caffini (Crociati)
  • Tito Tebaldi (Aironi)
  • Alberto Benettin (Aironi)
  • Paolo Buso (Aironi)
  • Luciano Orquera (Aironi)
  • Matteo Pratichetti (Aironi)
  • Roberto Quartaroli (Aironi)
  • Gonzalo García (Treviso)
  • Giovanbattista Venditti (Aironi)
  • Leonardo Sarto (Petrarca Padova)
  • Ruggero Trevisan (Aironi)
  • Alberto Chiesa (Cavalieri Prato) [24]
  • Luca Redolfini (Aironi)
  • Josh Sole (Aironi)
  • Mauro Bergamasco (Aironi)
  • Samuele Pace (Rovigo)
  • Sinoti Sinoti (Aironi)



References Edit

  1. http://www.irishtimes.com/sports/rugby/2012/0607/1224317479872.html
  2. "Italian side Aironi to pull out of Pro12 after their licence is revoked", BBC Sport, 2012-04-06. 
  3. http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/news/18360.php
  4. http://www.rte.ie/sport/rugby/rabo-direct-pro-12/2012/0607/324009-zebre-will-replace-aironi-for-italy/
  5. http://www.rugbyweek.com/news/article.asp?id=35483
  6. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/18782931
  7. London. Peter Bills: Italian fury at 'insult' after Magners League snub - Magners League, Rugby. Independent.ie. Retrieved on 2011-11-11.
  8. RTÉ Sport: Italian teams to join Magners League. Rte.ie (2010-03-08). Retrieved on 2011-11-11.
  9. Roberts, Gareth (2009-03-21). BBC Sport - Rugby Union - Wales 15-17 Ireland. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-11-11.
  10. Celtic League 2008/09 News : Aironi and Praetorians set for Magners League | Live Rugby News | ESPN Scrum. Scrum.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-11.
  11. Posted 11:22 21st July 2009 (2009-07-21). International Rugby Union | Italy Rugby Union News. Planet Rugby. Retrieved on 2011-11-11.
  12. Tue, Nov 03, 2009 - Italians' bid to join the League not a done deal. The Irish Times (2009-11-11). Retrieved on 2011-11-11.
  13. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/rugby-union/17640035
  14. http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,19077_7770342,00.html
  15. http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,,3551_7799252,00.html
  16. http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/news/18452.php
  17. http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,19077_7790039,00.html
  18. http://www.ercrugby.com/eng/news/18452.php
  19. http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,,3551_7799252,00.html
  20. http://www.zebrerugby.eu/giocatori/
  21. http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,16024_7855901,00.html
  22. http://www.zebrerugby.com/
  23. http://www.rabodirectpro12.com/news/14333.php
  24. http://www.rabodirectpro12.com/news/14356.php
  25. http://www.rabodirectpro12.com/news/14335.php
  26. http://www.espnscrum.com/rabodirect-pro12-2012-13/rugby/story/168135.html



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