The Azzurri ended their championship losing streak with a dramatic win in Cardiff
Italy Six Nations Squad 2022
It was the Azzurri‘s first victory in the championship since 2015 and ended a 36-match losing streak. Plus, it was their first-ever away win against Wales – and they did it in dramatic fashion.
Trailing 21-15 going into the final minute, Ange Capuozzo – making his first Test start for Italy – produced a sensational break before passing inside to Edoardo Padavani, who scored the try. Paolo Garbisi added the conversion and Italy had their long-awaited victory.
In a brilliant touch post-match, Josh Adams gave his player of the match award to Capuozzo.
Italy team to play Wales – Saturday 19 March
Italy 22-33 Scotland
Ange Capuozzo came off the bench against Scotland to not only win his first cap for Italy but mark his debut with a brace of tries. However, the Azzurri‘s wait for a Six Nations victory goes on as the five-try Scots bounced back to win 33-22 in Italy.
Italy have now lost 36 straight matches in the championship but they were competitive against Scotland, who were unable to pull away despite leading by 23 points around the hour mark.
Instead, Capuozzo had a debut to remember and added a more respectful feel to the scoreline for the hosts.
Ireland team to play Scotland – Saturday 12 March
Ireland 57-6 Italy
The replacement hooker was shown a red card in the 19th minute for a dangerous tackle on Dan Sheehan. As starting No 2 Gianmarco Lucceshi had already gone off injured and there was no one else who could play at hooker, Italy had to lose another player due to the law around uncontested scrums following foul play and played with just 13 players for an hour.
In the end they conceded nine tries in a 57-6 defeat, although they were defiant despite the numerical disadvantage (they ended the match with only 12 players after Abraham Steyn was sin-binned).
Italy team to play Ireland – Sunday 27 February
Edoardo Padovani; Pierre Bruno, Juan Ignacio Brex, Leonardo Marin, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Danilo Fishetti, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Pietro Ceccarelli, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Giovanni Pettinelli, Michele Lamaro (captain), Toa Halafihi.
Replacements: Epalahame Faiva, Ivan Nemer, Tiziano Pasquali, David Sisi, Manuel Zuliani, Abraham Steyn, Alessandro Fusco, Marco Zanon.
Italy 0-33 England
Italy’s wait for a first win over England goes on – as does their losing run in the Six Nations, which is now at 34 matches in the championship.
The Azzurri trailed 21-0 at half-time following tries from Marcus Smith and Jamie George (two), and while they had a strong period between other scores from Elliot Daly and Kyle Sinckler in the second period, they couldn’t take advantage of possession and territory gains.
Errors and turnovers meant they squandered opportunities in the England 22 and ultimately lost the match 33-0.
Related: Marcus Smith stars in England win
Italy team to play England – Sunday 13 February
Edoardo Padovani; Federico Mori, Juan Ignacio Brex, Marco Zanon, Montanna Ioane; Paolo Garbisi, Stephen Varney; Danilo Fishetti, Gianmarco Lucchesi, Pietro Ceccarelli, Niccolò Cannone, Federico Ruzza, Abraham Steyn, Michele Lamaro (captain), Toa Halafihi.
Replacements: Epalahame Faiva, Cherif Traore, Tiziano Pasquali, David Sisi, Sebastian Negri, Giovanni Pettinelli, Alessandro Fusco, Leonardo Marin.
France 37-10 Italy
Italy lost 37-10 to France in their opening match of the 2022 Six Nations at the Stade de France.
The Italians crossed for the first try of the match, teenager Tommaso Menoncello scoring on his Italy debut, but France then ran in five tries to inflict yet another defeat on the Azzurri. Italy have now lost 33 Six Nations matches – they last won in the championship in 2015.
A Gabin Villiere hat-trick added to tries from Anthony Jelonch and Damian Penaud helped France to their victory, although Italy did make the hosts work hard for the result.
Italy team to play France – Sunday 6 February
Italy Six Nations Squad 2022
Kieran Crowley has selected his squad for the 2022 Six Nations and he has chosen six uncapped players while leaving some big names out.
Last year’s captain Luca Bigi isn’t included, with preferred hookers being Epalahame Faiva, Gianmarco Lucchesi and uncapped Giacomo Nicotera.
Back-rowers Manuel Zuliani and Toa Halafihi, plus centre Tommaso Menoncello, could all make their Test debuts during the championship. On the flip side of international experience, former captain Sergio Parisse could be set to be added to the squad later in the tournament to make a final appearance in an Italy shirt.
Meanwhile, the contentious fly-half position sees Pablo Garbisi and uncapped players Giacomo Da Re and Leonardo Marin favoured ahead of Carlo Canna.
“I’m full of confidence in the players we’ve selected in this position (fly-half),” said Crowley. “Obviously the player who has missed out is Carlo Canna.
“Carlo has been a great servant for Italy and still could be in the future. I’ve had a discussion with him about what I want to see from him in the next few games with Zebre and the door is still open for him. But at the moment, we’re very comfortable with Garbisi, Marin and Da Re – who has played very well for Italy A and Italy Emergenti.”
And on Parisse he added: “He is of the opinion that he needs to get his confidence back after so long without rugby, so we have discussed that and he is still open for selection moving forward.”
Niccolò Cannone (17 May 1998/Benetton/Lock/2020 v Wales/20)
Pietro Ceccarelli (16 Feb 1992/Brive/Prop/2016 v Ireland/19)
Epalahame Faiva (9 May 1994/Benetton/Hooker/2021 v Uruguay/4)
Danilo Fischetti (26 Jan 1998/Zebre/Prop/2020 v Wales/20)
Marco Fuser (9 Mar 1991/Newcastle Falcons/Lock/2012 v Canada/39)
Toa Halafihi ( 27 Nov 1993/Benetton/Back-row/2022 v France/5)
Michele Lamaro (3 Jun 1998/Benetton/Back-row/2020 v France/15)
Gianmarco Lucchesi (10 Sep 2000/Benetton/Hooker/2020 v Ireland/11)
Sebastian Negri (30 Jun 1994/Benetton/Lock/2016 v USA/40)
Ivan Nemer (22 Apr 1998/Benetton/Prop/2021 v New Zealand/6)
Giacomo Nicotera (15 Jul 1996/Benetton/Hooker/2022 v Scotland/2)
Tiziano Pasquali (14 Jul 1994/Benetton/Prop/2017 v Fiji/23)
Giovanni Pettinelli (13 Mar 1996/Benetton/Flanker/2021 v Argentina/6)
Federico Ruzza (4 Aug 1994/Benetton/Lock/2017 v Scotland/30)
David Sisi (5 Feb 1993/Zebre/No 8/2019 v Scotland/21)
Abraham Steyn (2 May 1992/Benetton/Flanker/2016 v England/50)
Cherif Traore (10 Apr 1994/Benetton/Prop/2018 v Japan/14)
Giosuè Zilocchi (15 Jan 1997/Zebre/Prop/2018 v Japan/17)
Manuel Zuliani (26 Apr 2000/Benetton/Flanker/2022 v France/2)
Callum Braley (20 Mar 1994/Benetton/Scrum-half/2019 v Ireland/15)
Pierre Bruno (28 Jun 1996/Zebre/Wing/2021 v Uruguay/3)
Juan Ignacio Brex (26 May 1992/Benetton/Centre/2021 v France/13)
Giacomo Da Re (29 Mar 1999/Benetton/Fly-half/Uncapped)
Alessandro Fusco (28 Oct 1999/Fiamme Oro Rugby/Scrum-half/2021 v Argentina/6)
Paolo Garbisi (26 Apr 2000/Benetton/Fly-half/2020 v Ireland/18)
Monty Ioane (30 Oct 1994/Benetton/Wing/2020 v Wales/14)
Leonardo Marin (23 Feb 2002/Benetton/Fly-half/2022 v France/5)
Tommaso Menoncello (20 Aug 2002/Benetton/Centre/2022 v France/2)
Federico Mori (13 Oct 2000/Kawasaki Robot Calvisano/Centre/2020 v Ireland/15)
Luca Morisi (22 Feb 1991/Benetton Rugby/Centre/2012 v England/37)
Edoardo Padovani (15 May 1993/Benetton/Wing or full-back/2016 v England/35)
Stephen Varney (16 May 2001/Gloucester Rugby/Scrum-half/2020 v Scotland/12)
Marco Zanon (3 Oct 1997/Benetton/Centre/2019 v France/11)
Italy Six Nations Fixtures 2022
(All kick-off times are GMT)
Sun 6 February, France 37-10 Italy Gabin Villiere hat-trick as France beat Italy
Sun 13 February, Italy 0-33 England Marcus Smith stars in England win over Italy
Sun 27 February, Ireland 57-6 Italy Ireland thump 13-man Italy
Sat 12 March, Italy 22-33 Scotland Five-try Scots bounce back in Italy
Sat 19 Match, Wales 21-22 Italy Italy stun Wales 22-21 to end their losing run
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