Italy may move Six Nations to Genoa

The reconstruction of Italy’s Stadio Flaminio may not be ready in time for the 2008 Six Nations, forcing the team to switch their home venue.

The old stadium, which has become an icon for Italian rugby over the past five years because of its old-fashioned atmosphere and the proximity of the fans to the players, is being re-developed, but structural concerns have stopped the building work for the moment.

“Regarding the reconstruction of the Stadio Flaminio, the (Italian rugby federation president Giancarlo) Dondi has said that that the works at the moment have stopped for structural checks,” a statement from the federation read.

“He is very worried about using the site for home matches in the next Six Nations in February and March 2008.”

Genoa’s Luigi Ferraris Stadium has been mooted in the past as a possible alternative venue for international matches, but there may be a clash of priorities, with the stadium housing both Genoa and Sampdoria Italian soccer teams.

 

365 Digital

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