Full coverage of the Italy Rugby team known as the Azzuri with the latest news, rugby video and features. See here for a complete list of exchanges and delays. Italy 47 (Penalty try, Tommaso Allan, Tito Tebaldi, Edoardo Padovani, Carlo Canna, Jake Polledri, Matteo Minozzi tries; Tommaso Allan 3 con, Carlo Canna 2 con) Namibia 22 (Damian Stevens, JC Greyling, Chad Plato tries; Cliven Loubser 2 con, pen) HT: 21-7. He says the harvest is improving, despite Italy’s weaker rugby climate, which is marked by a relative lack of funds at all levels of the game and marginalised by a sporting culture that is skewed overwhelmingly towards soccer. You have to believe that,” he said, noting there was a time in Irish rugby in the early 1990s when drawing with Scotland was considered a good year. The win for the Exiles ended a nine-match losing streak and was their first over Exeter since a 28-26 victory in Reading on 11 January 2015. Italy conceded a brilliant early try to Namibia halfback Damian Stevens against the run of play and wasted three scoring chances but recovered to post three tries before halftime for a 21-7 lead at the break. Maybe you don’t believe it now but if you improve your systems, with the quality and consistency of players coming through, well why can’t you beat England?”. All quotes delayed a minimum of 15 minutes. Damian Stevens of Namibia scores a spectacular try early against Italy. As evidence, they point not only to the fact that Italy led Scotland for an hour of their final-round match, playing a new brand of aggressive, ball-playing rugby, but that the next generation of players are beginning to step up. In the second fixture of Pool B - the group the All Blacks are in - Namibia took a surprise early 7-0 lead under sunny skies, but either side of a torrential downpour the Italians muscled their way back into the ascendancy, scoring seven tries to three in their bonus-point win. On the eve of Italy’s heart-breaking defeat before a crowd of 60,000, the Italian Under 20s beat Scotland 45-31 in the junior Six Nations, scoring seven tries in a second straight victory, the juniors’ most successful tournament in a decade. Scotland earned their first victory of the 2016 Six Nations Championship by beating Italy 20-36 at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. ... Scotland end Six Nations losing streak By Rugby Week on 27th February 2016. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. A second national academy is on the drawing board, with one serving Parma-based Zebre and the other Treviso-based Benetton. The next-worst losing streak in World Cups is Japan's 13, between 1995 and 2007. Stephen Aboud, Irish rugby’s former technical director who now works alongside O’Shea as Italy’s head of rugby development, cites the Under 20s as one of the main reasons for optimism. “In the future the ambition has got to be, in the long term, to be able to win a Six Nations. Yet two years after O’Shea took over as coach and despite a record of four wins from 22 tests, many inside Italy’s small rugby community share his faith that the foundations of Italian rugby are actually improving. CJ Greyling and Chad Plato scored second-half tries for Namibia to keep the margin to 25, the latter a brilliant solo effort from the winger just before fulltime. Sergio Parisse started his fifth Rugby World Cup by guiding Italy to victory and going oh-so-close to celebrating the milestone with a try. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. Try time! But even for a realist like Aboud, who cannot match O’Shea’s bullet-proof optimism, Italy must still dream. Moments after Italy notched up the joint-worst losing streak in the northern hemisphere's premier tournament a week ago, their Irish coach, Conor O'Shea, lived up … Minozzi is a graduate of Italy’s national rugby academy, which Aboud says is being turned into a nursery of talent for Italy’s two Pro 14 teams, Zebre and Benetton. Ireland breezed past callow Italy 50-17 to tee up a tilt at a fourth Six Nations crown in seven years. The veteran loose forward was denied a five-pointer when his forward pack were awarded a penalty try, when he lost the ball in a tackle, and when he was called back by the referee after diving over from the base of a 5m scrum. ... cusp of a momentous achievement as they have now won their last 10 matches which equals the country’s record winning streak in the era of professional rugby. MILAN (Reuters) - Moments after Italy notched up the joint-worst losing streak in the northern hemisphere’s premier tournament a week ago, their Irish coach, Conor O’Shea, lived up to his reputation as an incurable optimist. Italy's Luca Bigi is tackled by Namibia's Andre Rademeyer during the Rugby World Cup Pool B game. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. “We have beaten Wales, Scotland, Ireland and France in the past. Starting first five-eighth Tommaso Allan finished 13 points from a try and four conversions for Italy before he was replaced early in the second half. Wales set to add to Italy’s losing streak. It is still a work in progress, full of disappointments like Italian side Zebre’s 10-try thrashing on Friday in the Pro 14 at the hands of competition leaders Glasgow Warriors. 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