This is something many people have been asking of late.
With Zebre losing 82-14 to Wasps this weekend in the Champions Cup and Benneton Treviso losing 10-41 against La Rochelle in the Challenge Cup, it has renewed calls for the Italians to be played in the Challenge Cup only- allowing them into the Champions Cup when they get there through meritocracy.
It does put into question the integrity of the top tier competition, with the Italians virtually gifting the other teams in their pool 10 points and allowing them a higher chance of qualification from the pool stages as best runners up.
Here, The Loose Head goes into detail on why the Italians would be better placed in the Challenge Cup for the time being.
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The Scribbler, 17th October, 2016
Zebre kicked off their Champions Cup campaign against Wasps the past weekend in the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Champions Cup is a competition in which the best clubs in Europe get to compete against each other for the ultimate prize in northern hemisphere club rugby. Yet it includes a team that has struggled to compete in its own league since joining.
Zebre scored two tries against Wasps: a driving maul when they had a forward in the bin (which is slightly worrying for Wasps when they face a higher calibre of opposition) and an interception. But they also conceded twelve.
History in the competition proves that a group containing an Italian side usually produces the best runner up for the knockout phases of the competition. This is a very polite way of saying the Italian teams are the whipping boys of the competition.
Many people took to Twitter saying these…
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