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Italy A will not play the Toyota Challenge

Italy A will not play the Toyota Challenge
Italy A will not play the Toyota Challenge
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The selection was due to face a short tour in South Africa, but withdrew just over two weeks after the event

Alessandro Troncon, head coach of Italy A. The team will not participate in the Toyota Challenge – ph. Alfio Guarise

The Italy A tour in South Africa to participate in the Toyota Challenge and play against the local franchises of Cheetahs, Griquas and Pumas will no longer take place. The Italian Rugby Federation has withdrawn its selection from the competition, which will replace it with the Bulls.

The Azzurri led by Alessandro Troncon would have had to face three games by return of post between 30 September and 9 October, drawing mainly from the franchises to compose the squad available to the technical staff.

The entry of Italy A into the competition was wanted by the former director of the high level of FIR Franco Smith, who had identified on this occasion the opportunity to subject a group of players of national interest to an international experience. An idea also shared by the Irish and US movements, who will each send a selection.

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The recent change of course was motivated by FIR with the need to give priority to the activities of the URC and Top 10 franchises at this stage of the season.


Emerging Ireland, on the other hand, has just issued the call-ups of the 35 chosen players, drawing heavily from their United Rugby Championship teams. However, some experts have criticized the choice of the Irish federation to remove players from the teams during the championship in progress, risking to compromise a part of the results in the tournament.

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