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San Marino national rugby union team

 

San Marino national rugby union team

The San Marino national rugby union team represents San Marino in international rugby union. San Marino are a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB).

Overview

2013

The Republic of San Marino still hasn't got a National Team for rugby 15.

The only existing national rugby team of the Republic of San Marino, is a rugby 7's team. This team was born on the occasion of his very first competition on 25 and 26 May 2013, in the twenty-seventh edition of the annual international tournament "Benidorm Seven", in the homonymous city, in Spain.

  • Coach: Francesco Urbani
  • Assistant coach: Jorge Gutierrez
  • Fitness coach: Francesca Pasini
  • Players (in alphabetical order): Davide Bacciocchi (cap.), Mattia Bastianelli, Gianluca Conti, Luca Di Bisceglie, Michele Garavini, Davide Giardi, Francesco Gobbi, Franco Maiani, Facundo Maiani, Fabio Matteini, Samuele Soldati, Carlo Terenzi.

This national team ended up last in the above mentioned competition, suffering six defeats against the following six formations: Crusaders (United Kingdom), Barbarians (Belgium), Grenoble, La Vila, Comunidad Valenciana and a selection of Malaysia.

It should however be noted that these other formations are selections, made of professional players, while the National Team of San Marino is made up exclusively of players from the Rugby Club San Marino and absolutely amateur, as well as being at their first experience of rugby 7's outside the territory of the Republic of San Marino.

Considering the enormous gap in the player's level, should be considered a good result the six tries scored by the National Team in the whole tournament (an average of one trie per game). The tries have been scored by: Bastianelli (2), Garavini, Giardi, Gobbi and Maiani Fa.

2014

The second performance (which is also the first " official " one) of the national team took place in Thessaloniki (Greece) on 31 May 2014, in the B-category of the European tournament of rugby 7 FIRA-AER. • Players (in alphabetical order): Navid Ataei, Mattia Bastianelli (cap.), Gianluca Conti, Niccolò Cozza, Luca Di Bisceglie, Juan Pablo Flores, Davide Giardi, Francesco Gobbi, Franco Maiani, Fabio Matteini, Carlo Terenzi, Fabio Tonelli.

Again the team ended up last (10th place) in the competition, also due to the hard pool in which it was placed by drawing lots, that is against Hungary, Austria and Montenegro. Despite being highly inferior to the opponents, both on a technical and physical side, the sammarinese selection managed to avoid to cut a poor figure, showing good game and intimidating several times the enemies' defenses; this in particular against Hungary, that will end up first in the tournament earning the chance to fight for the A-category next year.

The results:

  • Hungary - San Marino 27-14 (tries: Bastianelli 1, Giardi 1)
  • Austria - San Marino 38-15 (tries: Bastianelli 2, Giardi 1)
  • Montenegro - San Marino 40-7 (tries: Cozza 1)


2015


On 6th June 2015 drove to Zenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina) to take part in the Rugby Europe Men's Sevens Championships, Division C. • Players (in alphabetical order): Navid Ataei, Davide Bacciocchi, Mattia Bastianelli (cap.), Niccolò Cozza, Luca Di Bisceglie, Michele Garavini, Davide Giardi, Francesco Gobbi, Facundo Maiani, Carlo Terenzi, Marino Terenzi, Fabio Ugolini.

Here you can see the results of the Championship: 2015 Rugby Europe Men's Sevens Championships

San Marino passed the qualification pool thanks to its outstanding victory on Liechtenstein (43-0), gaining access to the "Plate" round (5th to 8th places). Ended up 8th, losing the last three matches vs Serbia, Estonia and Malta. An honorable result, 8th on 12, for the small Republic of San Marino, being also listed above some stronger and more experienced teams, like Montenegro (11th) and Belarus (10th)

References

External links

  • (Italian) San Marino Ruby Union Federation
  • (Italian) Rugby Club San Marino


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