|1973 Italy rugby union tour of Rhodesia and South Africa|
|Manager||Amos Du Plooy|
|Tour captain(s)||Mauro Bollesan|
The1973 Italy rugby union tour of South Africa and Rhodesia was a series of matches played between June and 1973 in South Africa and Rhodesia by Italy national rugby union team.
It was the second time that the "Azzurri" toured outside Europe, after a short tour in Madagascar in 1973.
The experience signed a turn in the story of Italian rugby: before of that, contact with the bigger union members was almost non-existent, and limited only to confrontations with France (between 1952 and 1967).
The tour was arranged by Italian federation and SARB, that sent coach Amos du Plooy to Italy to prepare the team. It was an historical tour, but the results were very poor: only a victory against the SARF Leopard selection.
The most important player of the last match, against Transvaal XV, was Rocco Caligiuri: the fly-half (but normally play ad full-back) scored three drops. It was the first time that a player scored three drops in an international match in South Africa. A plate was then put on the wall of Ellis Park Stadium.
Scores and results list Italy's points tally first.
|Rhodesia||4||42||16 June 1973||Salisbury|
|Western Transvaal||6||32||20 June 1973||Potchefstroom|
|Border||12||25||23 June 1973||East London|
|North East Cape||12||31||27 June 1973||Cradock|
|Natal||3||23||30 June 1973||Kings Park, Durban|
|Eastern Transvaal||12||39||4 July 1973||Witbank|
|Leopards||24||4||7 July 1973||Port Elizabeth|
|Northern Free State||11||12||9 July 1973||Welkom|
|Transvaal XV||24||28||11 July 1973||Ellis Park, Johannesburg|