Italy national under-20 rugby union team

Italy's national under-20 rugby union team has competed in both the IRB Junior World Championship and IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. They were one of four teams relegated in 2009 to the Junior World Trophy after finishing at the bottom of the tournament. They were again promoted to the 2011 IRB Junior World Championship after winning the 2010 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy.

Italy under-20
UnionItalian Rugby Federation
Coach(es)Alessandro Troncon
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Ireland 6-0 Italy
(1 February 2008)
Largest win
Italy 33-10 Canada
(21 June 2008)
Largest defeat
South Africa 65–3 Italy
(9 June 2009)
World Cup
Appearances8 (First in 2008)
Best result8th 2017,2018

Italy finished in last place at the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship and has again been relegated to the Junior World Trophy for 2013. Then they won the 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy so Italy will participate in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship that was to be played in New Zealand.


Squad to the 2019 World Rugby Under 20 Championship[1]


  • Filippo ALONGI (F.I.R. Academy|I Titani)*
  • Matteo DRUDI (F.I.R. Academy|Frascati Rugby Club)*
  • Luca FRANCESCHETTO (F.I.R. Academy|Rangers Vicenza)*
  • Lorenzo MICHELINI (F.I.R. Academy| Biella Rugby)*
  • Matteo NOCERA (Fiamme Oro)*
  • Andrej MARINELLO (F.I.R. Academy|Ruggers Tarvisium)*
  • Niccolò TADDIA (F.I.R. Academy|Rovigo Delta)*
  • Marco BUTTURINI (F.I.R. Academy|Modena Rugby 1965)*
  • Thomas PAROLO (F.I.R. Academy|Rovigo Delta)
  • Nicolae Cristian STOIAN (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Anzio)*
  • Andrea CHIANUCCI (I Medicei)
  • Mirco FINOTTO (Mogliano)
  • Davide GOLDIN (Petrarca Rugby)
  • Antoine KOFFI (Calvisano)*
  • Davide RUGGERI (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Como)* - Captain


  • Lorenzo CITTON (Valsugana Rugby Padova)
  • Alessandro FUSCO (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Napoli Afragola)*
  • Giacomo DA RE (Mogliano)
  • Paolo GARBISI (F.I.R. Academy|Mogliano)*
  • Giulio BERTACCINI (Amatori Parma)
  • Damiano MAZZA (Calvisano)*
  • Federico MORI (F.I.R. Academy|Etruschi Livorno)*
  • Matteo MOSCARDI (F.I.R. Academy|Rovigo Delta)*
  • Ange CAPUOZZO (Grenoble Espoirs)
  • Cristian LAI (F.I.R. Academy|7 Fradis Rugby)*
  • Edoardo MASTANDREA (F.I.R. Academy|Valsugana Padova)*
  • Michael MBA (F.I.R. Academy|Rugby Casale)*
  • Jacopo TRULLA (F.I.R. Academy|Valsugana Padova)*

- Not considered for injury

  • Gianmarco LUCCHESI (F.I.R. Academy|Lions Amaranto)*
  • Francesco MODENA (Rovigo Delta)
  • Michele PERUZZO (F.I.R. Academy|Valsugana Rugby Padova)*

*Member of F.I.R. Academy


  • Fabio Roselli - Head Coach
  • Claudio Appiani - Team Manager
  • Victor Jimenez - Assistant Coach
  • Giacomo Vigna - Fitness Coach
  • Nicola Cordioli - Physiotherapist
  • Roberto Alessandrini - Team Doctor
  • Paolo Granata - Assistant Manager
  • Niccolo Gaetaniello - Video Analyst
  • Andrea Nicotra - Committee Member

Tournament Record

2008Junior World Championship Wales11th
2009Junior World Championship Japan13thRelegated to 2010 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
2010Junior World Trophy Russia1stPromoted to 2011 IRB Junior World Championship
2011Junior World Championship Italy11th
2012Junior World Championship South Africa12thRelegated to 2013 IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy
2013Junior World Trophy Chile1stPromoted to 2014 IRB Junior World Championship
2014Junior World Championship New Zealand11th
2015Junior World Championship Italy11th
2016Junior World Championship England11th
2017Junior World Championship Georgia8th
2018Junior World Championship France8th
2019Junior World Championship Argentina9th
2020Junior World Championship ItalyTBC

F.I.R. Academy

During the regular season, many players of Under-20 are selected to play for F.I.R. Academy "Ivan Francescato" of Remedello, Brescia [2]. This team plays in Italian Serie A, Pool A.


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