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The Super 10 is the highest tier of the national rugby union competition in Italymarker. The first Italian championship took place in 1929 with 6 of the 16 teams that existed in Italy. In 2002 the Italian championship was restructured with the strongest ten teams taking part in the new Super 10 competition, and the old Series A became the second division of Italian rugby union. The competition runs from September to May. After a home-and-away season, the top four teams play a knock-out competition to decide the championship and the bottom team is relegated. The season-ending playoffs have one feature distinguishing them from rugby playoffs in most other countries—the semifinals are two-legged, with the winner determined by aggregate score.

The leading Super 10 teams qualify to play against teams from the other leading rugby union nations in Europe in the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup.

Teams 2009/10



Overview

Parmamarker (Rugby Parma and Gran Rugby) and Rome (Capitolina and Rugby Roma) are the only cities to have two teams. The majority of the other teams are either from Veneto or Lombardy in the North of Italymarker. Treviso, Viadana and Calvisano have dominated the championship in recent years.

Over time Italian rugby union has evolved; the clubs are better equipped, better organised and have begun to train their players better. There is more sponsorship money and an influx of foreign players (some of whom have gone on to represent Italy after qualifying under the 3 year rule). In 2005 the FIR decided to introduce a rule requiring teams to field at least 12 Italians out of their 22 man squad. This was an effort to counter the top Italian players often playing in France which means that the Italian league is not a particularly good place to build the national team.

The future of Italian club rugby

Despite rising playing standards and more media attention on rugby union, Italian teams competing in the Heineken Cup and European Challenge Cup, have generally struggled to compete against the more established teams of France and England as well as the provinces and regions of Ireland and Wales. In response to this both John Kirwan, the former Italian coach, and David Pickering, the Welsh Rugby Union chairman, have suggested that merged Italian teams should enter the Magners League, and in March 2009 the Celtic Rugby Board (Magners League) and FIR announced an agreement in principle to add two Italian teams to the Magners League for 2010-11. The two new Magners League teams were announced on 18 July 2009 as Aironi, based in Viadana, and Praetorians Roma, from the capital.These 2 teams are intended to offer Italian qualified players a higher standard of rugby to hone their skills. It will remove the best Italian players from the Super 10. It is envisaged after the change that the Super 10 will be a semi-professional league only. As of Oct 2009 it is likely that the 2 teams to join the Magners League will be Benetton Treviso and an new merged club called Aironi. Praetorians Roma were nominated in the first round but failed to meet the criteria set down by the evaluators and Benetton Treviso were nominated instead. This decision is likely to face a legal challenge however. These new sides would also take the Italian qualification spots in the Heineken Cup and the European Challenge Cup, and future Super 10 champions would not play in Europe.

Rugby Calvisano were forced to pull out of the competition for the 09-10 season due to financial difficulties, most likely setting up an amateur side in the Serie A. Roman clubs Capitolina and Futura Park Roma decided to combine and have also taken Calvisano's place in Europe due to their league position. These 2 clubs would also be the basis of the new Magners League side Praetorians Roma. L'Aquila and Prato were promoted from Serie A taking Calvisano and the spare Roman club's place.

Format

Currently the Italian leagues are structured in the following way:-

  • Italian Elite Championship (Super 10) made up of 10 teams
  • Serie A: 2 divisions of 12 teams who play each other home and away
  • Serie B: divided in 4 divisions of 12 teams who play each other home and away
  • Serie C: regional divisions
  • Under 19 Championship: 3 divisions of 10 teams who play each other home and away


Past winners

  • 1929 Ambrosiana Milano   
  • 1930 Amatori Milano
  • 1931 Amatori Milano
  • 1932 Amatori Milano
  • 1933 Amatori Milano
  • 1934 Amatori Milano
  • 1935 Rugby Roma
  • 1936 Amatori Milano
  • 1937 Rugby Roma
  • 1938 Amatori Milano
  • 1939 Amatori Milano
  • 1940 Amatori Milano
  • 1941 Amatori Milano
  • 1942 Amatori Milano
  • 1943 Amatori Milano
  • 1946 Amatori Milano
  • 1947 Ginnastica Torino
  • 1948 Rugby Roma
  • 1949 Rugby Roma
  • 1950 Parma
  • 1951 Rovigo
  • 1952 Rovigo
  • 1953 Rovigo
  • 1954 Rovigo
  • 1955 Parma
  • 1956 Faema Treviso
  • 1957 Parma
  • 1958 Fiamme Oro Padova   
  • 1959 Fiamme Oro Padova
  • 1960 Fiamme Oro Padova
  • 1961 Fiamme Oro Padova
  • 1962 Rovigo
  • 1963 Rovigo
  • 1964 Rovigo
  • 1965 Partenope
  • 1966 Partenope
  • 1967 L'Aquila
  • 1968 Fiamme Oro Padova
  • 1969 L'Aquila
  • 1970 Petrarca Padova
  • 1971 Petrarca Padova
  • 1972 Petrarca Padova
  • 1973 Petrarca Padova
  • 1974 Petrarca Padova
  • 1975 Concordia Brescia
  • 1976 Sanson Rovigo
  • 1977 Petrarca Padova
  • 1978 Metalcrom Treviso
  • 1979 Sansom Rovigo
  • 1980 Petrarca Padova
  • 1981 Mael L'Aquila
  • 1982 Scavolini L'Aquila
  • 1983 Benetton Treviso
  • 1984 Petrarca Padova
  • 1985 Petrarca Padova
  • 1986 Petrarca Padova
  • 1987 Petrarca Padova
  • 1988 Colli Euganei Rovigo
  • 1989 Benetton Treviso
  • 1990 Cagnoni Rovigo
  • 1991 Amatori Milano
  • 1992 Benetton Treviso
  • 1993 Charro Amatori Milano
  • 1994 L'Aquila
  • 1995 Milan Amatori Milano
  • 1996 Milan Amatori Milano
  • 1997 Benetton Treviso
  • 1998 Benetton Treviso
  • 1999 Benetton Treviso
  • 2000 R.D.S. Rugby Roma
  • 2001 Benetton Treviso
  • 2002 Arix Viadana
  • 2003 Benetton Treviso
  • 2004 Benetton Treviso
  • 2005 Ghial Rugby Calvisano
  • 2006 Benetton Treviso
  • 2007 Benetton Treviso
  • 2008 Ghial Rugby Calvisano
  • 2009 Benetton Treviso


Finals

Season Champion Score Runner-up
2001-02 Rugby Viadana 19-12 Rugby Calvisano
2002-03 Benetton Treviso 34-12 Rugby Calvisano
2003-04 Benetton Treviso 22-10 Rugby Calvisano
2004-05 Rugby Calvisano 25-20 Benetton Treviso
2005-06 Benetton Treviso 17-12 Rugby Calvisano
2006-07 Benetton Treviso 28-24 (a.e.t) Rugby Viadana
2007-08 Rugby Calvisano 20-3 Benetton Treviso
2008-09 Benetton Treviso 29-20 Rugby Viadana


Performance by club

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See also



References

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Club
Winners
Winning Years
Amatori Rugby Milano - Ambrosiana Milano
18
1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1996
Benetton Treviso
14
1956, 1978, 1983, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009
Petrarca
11
1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987
Rugby Rovigo
11
1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1976, 1979, 1988, 1990
Rugby Roma
5
1935, 1937, 1948, 1949, 2000
Fiamme Oro Padova
5
1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1968
L'Aquila Rugby
5
1967, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1994
Parma Rugby
3
1950, 1955, 1957
Calvisano
2
2005, 2008
Partenope
2
1965, 1966
Viadana
1
2002
Concordia Brescia Rugby
1
1975
Ginnastica Torino
1
1947

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