Australia and Italy have played each other at rugby union a total of 18 matches, all won by Australia.[1]

History

Australia first played Italy on their way home from European tours in the 1970s, though they were not given full international status. The first encounter was in 1973 when Australia ran up 59 points to 21, but the second was the closest ever, with Italy losing by a single point 16-17. Officially the first test between the two countries was in 1983, following an Italian tour of Australia in 1981 in which the visitors acquitted themselves well against secondary opposition. They toured again in 1986 and played their first test match away from home. Two years later the Italians were soundly beaten at the end of the 1988 Wallabies tour, but their next tour of Australia in 1994 saw a big improvement with all state matches won and an unlucky defeat in the Brisbane test match. Since then results have generally been convincing wins to Australia, but the one in 2012 was close with Italy unlucky to lose by 3 points.

World Cup History

In 2011 they met for the first time in a World Cup match at the group stage in Auckland with Australia starting their campaign towards the semifinals with a 32-6 win.

Summary

Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.

Overall

Details Played Won by
Australia
Won by
Italy
Drawn Australia points Italy points
In Italy 10 10 0 0 346 132
In Australia 7 7 0 0 256 113
Neutral venue 1 1 0 0 32 6
Overall 18 18 0 0 636 251

Records

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Australia Italy
Longest winning streak 17 (22 Oct 1983–Present) NA
Largest points for
Home 69 (25 June 2005) 20 (9 November 2013)
Away 55 (3 December 1988) 27 (24 June 2017)
Largest winning margin
Home 48 (25 June 2005) NA
Away 49 (3 December 1988) NA

Results

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
1 22 October 1983 Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo 7 – 29  Australia 1983 Australia rugby union tour of Italy and France
2 1 June 1986 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 39 – 18  Australia 1986 Italy rugby union tour of Australia
3 3 December 1988 Stadio Flaminio, Rome 6 – 55  Australia 1988 Australia rugby union tour of England, Scotland and Italy
4 18 June 1994 Ballymore Stadium, Brisbane 23 – 20  Australia 1994 Italy rugby union tour of Australia
5 25 June 1994 Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne 20 – 7  Australia
6 23 October 1996 Stadio Plebiscito, Padua 18 – 40  Australia 1996 Australia rugby union tour of Europe
7 23 November 2002 Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genova 3 – 34  Australia 2002 Australia rugby union tour
8 25 June 2005 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 69 – 21  Australia 2005 Italy rugby union tour
9 11 November 2006 Stadio Flaminio, Rome 18 – 25  Australia 2006 Australia rugby union tour of Europe
10 8 November 2008 Stadio Euganeo, Padova 20 – 30  Australia 2008 Australia rugby union tour
11 13 June 2009 Canberra Stadium, Canberra 31 – 8  Australia 2009 June rugby union tests
12 20 June 2009 Docklands Stadium, Melbourne 34 – 12  Australia
13 20 November 2010 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 14 – 32  Australia 2010 end-of-year rugby union internationals
14 11 September 2011 North Harbour Stadium, Auckland 32 – 6  Australia 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool Stage
15 24 November 2012 Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 19 – 22  Australia 2012 end-of-year rugby union internationals
16 9 November 2013 Stadio Olimpico di Torino, Turin 20 – 50  Australia 2013 end-of-year rugby union internationals
17 24 June 2017 Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 40 – 27  Australia 2017 June rugby union tests
18 17 November 2018 Stadio Euganeo, Padova 7 – 26  Australia 2018 end-of-year rugby union internationals

XV Results

Below is a list of matches that Italy has awarded matches test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but Australia did not award caps.

Date Venue Score Winner Comments
21 November 1973 Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila 21 – 59  Australia Not considered full internationals by Australia
4 November 1976 Arena Civica, Milan 15 – 16  Australia

List of series

Played Won by
Australia
Won by
Italy
Drawn
2 2 0 0
Year Australia Italy Series winner
Australia 1994 2 0  Australia
Australia 2009 2 0  Australia

References

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