The Italian rugby federation (FIR) have confirmed that Italy will play their 2012 home games in the Stadio Olimpico in Rome as opposed to the Stadio Flaminio which has been their home for the past 11 years.
The stadium, which is also used by soccer teams AS Roma and Lazio, will play host to Italy’s game against England on the 11th of February and Scotland on March 17. The venue has also hosted one Olympic Games, four European Cup finals and the 1990 World Cup final in its time.
Speaking on the move President of the FIR Giancarlo Dondi said “After eleven years we see you at the Stadio Flaminio, a plant that gave us unforgettable moments starting with the onset against Scotland on February 5, 2000, to bring the oldest and most prestigious tournament of international rugby on the biggest stage of Italian sports.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the President of CONI, Gianni Petrucci and the Mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno for their efforts to ensure that the next edition RBS 6 Nations will be held at the Olimpico and for having guaranteed their support.
“I’m sure that, together, we will organize two extraordinary sporting events in a setting height of the great European cathedrals of rugby. The choice can only be dell’OIimpico for Italian rugby an exciting challenge for 2012.”
Italy’s last game at the Stadio Flaminio was that never to be forgotten historical 22-21 defeat of France in the 2011 Six Nations.
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