Italy vs Wales: a brief rugby history

Wales and Italy are two of the biggest rugby nations, and they share a long and interesting history.

Wales is undoubtedly the superior team, which shows through the results over the years, but Italy is always capable of putting up a fight.

If you want to see the Italy v Wales rugby match during the Six Nations in 2017, here is a brief guide to the history between the two countries.

Wales's superior record

Wales has been an international power in rugby for many years, whereas rugby has only really become popular in Italy over the last few decades. As a result, the meetings between the two teams have often ended in Welsh victories. Some interesting stats from Wikipedia include:

• the two teams have met a total of 23 times in rugby union matches in the last two decades;
• the first ever meeting was on October 12th, 1994 at the National Stadium in Cardiff, where Wales was the victor;
• Italy did not win until the teams' ninth meeting in February 2003 in a Six Nations match, when the score was 30-22;
• Italy have only won one more game, which was in the 2007 Six Nations at the Stadio Flaminio in Rome, when the final score was 23-20;
• the teams have drawn just once, in the 2006 Six Nations, when the score was 18-18.

Without a win since 2007, Italy will be hoping to turn that around when the two teams next meet in the Six Nations in 2015, and the atmosphere is certain to be electric.

See the game in Italy

In 2017, the Six Nations meeting will take place on February 5th at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. This stadium is used regularly for football matches, but the crowd for the rugby is expected to be large.

If you decide to travel to Italy to see the match, you may want to stay in Rome for a week earlier and catch another match. Italy will be playing Ireland at the same venue on February 11th, so you could stay for one week and fit in two games in the same trip.

The other match that will be held is Italy vs France, which takes places on March 11th. For all of these games, we can sort out your tickets and the whole trip for you. We have a focus on multi-centre holidays, so if you want to see more of Italy during your time in the country, we can help you arrange that.

For example, you may want to travel out of Rome and visit another city like the romantic Venice or the beautiful Florence. Or you could go to Milan to indulge in some shopping in the luxury fashion houses. You could even travel to the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany or another region of the county to see something completely different.

It is a great time to visit Italy because it is during the low season, so you won't find many tourist crowds and prices are a bit lower as well.

See Italy take on Wales

If you want to see Italy play Wales in Rome, or you want to watch any of the other matches in the Six Nations in Italy, start planning your trip now. Make sure you think about the other places that you could visit in the country during your stay to get even more from your time in Italy.

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