The Azzurre lose to Ireland in the third-place play-off

Italy Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021

Italy lost 25-5 to Ireland in their final Women’s Six Nations match to finish fourth in the 2021 championship overall.

They were outscored four tries to one in Dublin, with hooker Melissa Bettoni providing their only points.

Italy team to play Ireland – Saturday 24 April

Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi; Manuela Furlan, Michela Sillari, Beatrice Rigoni, Maria Magatti; Veronica Madia, Sara Barratin; Erika Skofca, Melissa Bettoni, Lucia Gai, Valeria Fedrighi, Giodana Duca, Ilaria Arrighetti, Francesca Sgorbini, Elisa Giordano.

Replacements: Lucia Cammarano, Gaia Maris, Michela Merlo, Sarah Tounesi, Isabella Locatelli, Beatrice Veronese, Sofia Stefan, Aura Muzzo.

Scotland 20-41 Italy

Manuela Furlan scored a hat-trick as Italy secured second spot in Pool A of the Women’s Six Nations with a 41-20 victory over Scotland in Glasgow.

Italy started well, scoring two tries in the opening ten minutes. First centre Beatrice Rigoni crossed following slick passing from a scrum in Scotland’s 22 and then skipper Furlan burst clear down the wing after the hosts lost a lineout.

A Scotland try and penalty reduced the Italians’ lead, but they reasserted themselves just before the break. Italy worked through the phases and then Ilaria Arrighetti powered over the line to give her side a 19-10 lead at the break.

Then they started the second period as they ended the first, with another try. Rigoni broke through, Sara Barattin took play into the 22 and a couple of phases later Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi touched down in the corner for the bonus-point score.

Furlan and Rigoni then both doubled their individual try tallies midway through the half before the captain added a final flourish. Italy spread the ball wide from a dominant scrum in the last minute and Furlan was there to go over for her third.

Italy will now face Ireland in the third-place play-off next Saturday – and one area they will want to improve for that final fixture is their discipline having conceded twice as many penalties as Scotland in Glasgow.

Italy team to play Scotland – Saturday 17 April

Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi; Manuela Furlan, Michela Sillari, Beatrice Rigoni, Maria Magatti; Veronica Madia, Sara Barattin; Erika Skofca, Melissa Bettoni, Lucia Gai, Valeria Fedrighi, Giodana Duca, Ilaria Arrighetti, Francesca Sgorbini, Elisa Giordano.

Replacements: Lucia Cammarano, Gaia Maris, Michela Merlo, Sarah Tounesi, Isabella Locatelli, Beatrice Veronese, Sofia Stefan, Aura Muzzo.

Italy 3-67 England

Italy suffered a 67-3 defeat by England in their opening match of the 2021 Women’s Six Nations in Parma.

The Azzurre started the game strongly, dominating the opening half in terms of possession and territory, but they couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard.

They put together impressive phase play and made ground, but couldn’t get over the line – and England were quick to capitalise on errors.

Emily Scarratt scored the first try when pouncing on a loose pass and Meg Jones set up the second when the ball ricocheted off an Italian player into her arms.

They trailed 17-3 at the break – a Michela Sillari penalty all they could register – and the visitors ran in seven tries in the second half as the energy the Italians were expending defensively (they made twice as many tackles as England) started to take its toll.

Italy travel to Scotland next weekend and will be aiming for a victory to secure second spot in Pool A.

Italy team to play England – Saturday 10 April

Manuela Furlan; Aura Muzzo, Michela Sillari, Beatrice Rigoni, Maria Magatti; Veronica Madia, Sara Barattin; Erika Skofca, Lucia Cammarano, Lucia Gai, Valeria Fedrighi, Giodana Duca, Ilaria Arrighetti, Giada Franco, Elisa Giordano.

Replacements: Melissa Bettoni, Gaia Maris, Sara Tounesi, Isabella Locatelli, Beatrice Veronese, Francesca Sgorbini, Sofia Stefan, Alyssa D’Inca.

Italy Women’s Six Nations squad

Andrea Di Giandomenico has named a 30-player squad for this year’s Women’s Six Nations.

As well as experienced backs like captain Manuela Furlan (75 caps) and scrum-half Sara Barattin (95 caps), the squad features four uncapped players in Alyssa D’Inca, Gaia Maris, Sofia Rolfi and Sara Seye.

Italy host England in their first pool match before travelling to Scotland for their second, then they will play the team ranked in the equivalent position in Pool A, one of France, Ireland or Wales, on ‘finals day’.

Italy Women’s Six Nations Squad 2021

Backs

(DoB/Club/Position)

Sara Barattin (11 Sep 1986/Arredissima Villorbas/Scrum-half)

Beatrice Capomaggi (29 Apr 1997/Arredissima Villorba/Centre)

Alyssa D’Inca (23 Mar 2002/Arredissima Villorba/Centre/Scrum-half)

Manuela Furlan (30 Jun 1988/Arredissima Villorba/Full-back)

Veronica Madia (16 Jan 1995/Rugby Colorno/Fly-half)

Maria Magatti (21 Aug 1992/CUS Milano/Wing)

Benedetta Mancini (23 May 1995/Unione R Capitolina/Wing)

Aura Muzzo (12 Apr 1997/Arredissima Villorba/Centre)

Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi (6 Dec 2001/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Wing)

Laura Paganni (24 Feb 1999/CUS Milano/Fly-half)

Beatrice Rigoni (1 Aug 1995/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Centre)

Sofia Rolfi (24 Oct 2001/Rugby Colorno/Wing)

Michela Sillari (23 Feb 1993/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Centre)

Sofia Stefan (12 May 1992/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Wing)

Forwards

Ilaria Arrighetti (2 Mar 1993/Stade Rennais/Back-row)

Melissa Bettoni (7 May 1991/Stade Rennais/Hooker)

Lucia Cammarano (27 Jul 1992/Rugby Belve Neroverdi/Hooker)

Giordana Duca (9 Sep 1992/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Lock)

Valeria Fedrighi (5 Sep 1992/Toulouse/Lock)

Giada Franco (11 Jul 1996/Rugby Colorno/Back-row)

Lucia Gai (3 May 1991/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Prop)

Elisa Giordano (1 Nov 1990/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Back-row)

Isabella Locatelli (23 Oct 1994/Rugby Monza 1949/Back-row)

Gaia Maris (5 Dec 2001Valsugana Rugby Padova/Hooker)

Francesca Sberna (6 Dec 1992/Calvisano/Back-row)

Sara Seye (26 Aug 2000/Kawasaki Robot Calvisano/Prop)

Francesca Sgorbini (7 Jan 2001/ASM Romagnat/Back-row)

Sara Tounesi (19 Jul 1995/ASM Romagnat/Prop)

Silvia Turani (6 Jul 1995/FC Grenoble/Prop)

Beatrice Veronese (11 Mar 1996/Valsugana Rugby Padova/Back-row)

MORE ON THE WOMEN’S SIX NATIONS

Italy Women’s Six Nations Fixtures 2021

(All kick-off times are UK & Ireland time)

Round Two

Sat 10 April Italy 3-67 England

Round Three

Sat 17 April Scotland 20-41 Italy

Finals

Sat 24 April Ireland 25-5 Italy

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