Enjoy the ultimate match day experience and one of the best seats in the house with a hospitality package for England v Italy in the Six Nations 2019 fixture at Twickenham.
Italy are a proud and passionate nation so it’s no surprise their rugby fans demand the team play with equal amounts of passion and flair. In England’s second home match of the Six Nations you can expect a high scoring, entertaining encounter. England, of course, have a great record against the Italians and will view this game as a must win clash.
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The first encounter between England and Italy came in the group stages of the Rugby World Cup 1991, so the history between the two teams is relatively short in rugby terms. It wasn’t until Italy’s entry made the Five Nations the Six Nations in 2000 that they became regular visitors to Twickenham and England to Rome.
England have played Italy 12 times now at Twickenham with a 100% winning record – England have never lost to Italy. This is a record the English will wish to maintain, so expect a high- powered display from Eddie Jones’ men. While Italy always produce a determined display against England, it was in 2017 that they perhaps came closest to winning. Their controversial ‘Fox’ strategy of refusing to ruck so they left no offside line after a tackle confused England but brought a compelling game.
Historically, however, England have scored plenty of tries against Italy, so look forward to some strong running rugby and a dominant display from the home team.
From the vault
England v Italy | 80-23
17 February 2001
This was Italy’s first visit to Twickenham in the newly-formed Six Nations and after the drubbing England gave them, this was probably a debut they’d be happy to forget.
An imperious display from England saw them run in 10 tries to win 80-23, with Jonny Wilkinson running the show and scoring a record 35 points. England were ruthless on the day and were too much of a challenge for an Italian team that was only in its second year of Six Nations rugby.
The game will be best remembered for a moment of brilliance from mercurial full back Iain Balshaw. The Bath man gathered the ball on his own 22m line and proceeded to glide through the Italian defence, sprinting 80m to score a truly memorable try under the posts. Take a look at Balshaw’s brilliance below.
England v Italy | 36-6
08 October 1991
It was the pool stages of Rugby World Cup 1991 and England were facing Italy for the first time ever. England were coming into the tournament having won a Grand Slam and had a team that featured some true England legends, with the likes of Dean Richards, Mike Teague, Jeremy Guscott, Will Carling, Jason Leonard, Brian Moore, Rob Andrew and Rory Underwood. That line-up proved too good for their Italian opposition.
England came out 36-6 victors, with Guscott scoring a brace of tries and Rory Underwood and Jon Webb scoring as well. This was to be the first in 24 consecutive wins for England, a record that Italy have yet to overturn.