Coppa Italia Final
On Saturday, 18 January 2020, the final of the Coppa Italia will be played in the northern Italian town of Rovigo between Rovigo and Petrarca of Padua.
The competition dates back to 1967, though there have been 23 gaps. From 2011 to 2018 it was known as the Trofeo Eccellenza.
Viadana is the team which has won it most often – six times in all – followed by the Roman club Fiamme Oro with five wins and Benetton Treviso with four.
The teams who compete are all teams in the Top 12, Italy’s main club competition.
Petrarca have won the Coppa Italia twice before but for Rovigo this would be a first win.
After eight rounds of the Top 12, Rovigo are unbeaten and top the log. Petrarca are fifth after winning six and losing to Emilia, who are second, and Mogliano who are sixth. Rovigo and Petrarca have no yet met but meet in Round 10 on 1 February 2020.
The match will be played at the Stadio Battaglini in Rovigo, Rovigo’s home ground which has a capacity of around 5 500.
Rovigo: David Odiete; Guido Barion, Francesco Modena, Marcello Angelini, Massimo Cioffi; Andrea Menniti-Ippolito, Gianmarco Piva; Matteo Ferro (captain), Edoardo Lubian, Davide Ruggeri; Matteo Canali, Giant Mtyanda; Federico Pavesi, Christian Momberg, Francesco Rossi
Replacements: Giacomo Nicotera, Nicola Pomaro, Nicolò D’Amico, Fabio Michelotto, Gianmarco Vian, Lorenzo Citton, Andrea Bacchetti, Edoardo Mastandrea
Petrarca: Joaquín Andrés Riera; Tommaso Coppo, Andrea De Masi, James Faiva, Angelo Leaupepe; Mauro Garbisi, Alberto Chillon; Andrea Trotta (captain), Luca Nostran, Nicolò Cannone; Riccardo Michieletto, Filippo Gerosa; Entienne Swanepoel, Tommaso Cugini, Damiano Borean.
Replacements: Luca Scarsini, Vittorio Carnio, Michele Mancini Parri, Alberto Saccardo, Federico Conforti, Lodovico Manni/Luca Zini, Edoardo Navarra, Nicolò Fadalti
Referee: Manuel Bottino (Roma)
Assistant referees: Gianluca Gnecchi (Brescia), Vincenzo Schipani (Benevento)
1967: CUS Roma
1968: Fiamme Oro Padova
1969: Fiamme Oro Padova
1971: Fiamme Oro Padova
1972: Fiamme Oro Padova
1974–1980: not held
1982: Petrarca Padova
1983:–1994 not held
1996: not held
1998: Benetton Treviso
1999: Rugby Roma Olimpic
2001: Petrarca Padova
2002: not held
2005: Benetton Treviso
2010: Benetton Treviso
2011: Rugby Roma Olimpic
2014: Fiamme Oro
2018: San Donà
2019: Valorugby Emilia