25th May 2016, 06:05
Italy v Wales to take place in Monza
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying match between Italy and Wales will take place in one of Italy’s great sporting cities, Monza.
The 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying match between Italy and Wales will take place in one of Italy’s great sporting cities, Monza, nine miles north-east of Milan in the Lombardy region, on Saturday 29th October 2016 (kick-off 3.30pm).
The Federazione Italiana Rugby League has partnered with the Italian city of Monza, home of Formula 1 Grand Prix, to host their match against Wales in the 18,000-capacity Stadio Brianteo.
Wales Head Coach John Kear said “we will enter this fixture with a great deal of confidence after going unbeaten last year and winning the European Championships. Equally we will have to pay great respects to Italy by coming fully prepared to Monza. Italy beat Wales in the opening fixture of the 2013 World Cup and they will no doubt be putting out a strong team once again in order to appear at the next tournament. It should be fantastic occasion and we congratulate FIRL for organising such a great venue and city such a prestigious game. Everyone is looking forward to it and with so much at stake, it should be a classic”.
Monza’s mayor, The Honourable Roberto Scanagatti, and city sport minister Mr Silvano Appiani have agreed to promote the prestigious match during the Grand Prix and in conjunction with FIRL, whose president, Orazio d’Arro, said: “The Federazione Italiana Rugby League is extremely happy to play in Monza. It is one of the major sporting cities in Italy and we are delighted to cooperate with the Monza public administration for the legacy of our sport.”
The Comune di Monza’s tourism department will announce a package for visiting fans for what promises to be a significant celebration. “It will be a real Italian rugby league day,” continued d’Arro, “All levels of our national team will play and support the senior team to get into the Rugby League World Cup again. Italy ‘A’ against Belgium will be the curtain-raiser match.”
Eleven teams have already qualified for the 14-team 2017 Rugby League World Cup tournament which will take place between 26th October and 2nd December 2017 across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. The three remaining places will come from two european groups consisting of three teams each, the two group winners going through and then a sudden death play off game against for the nations who finish second in their group.
Wales begin their 2017 World Cup qualifying game with a home game against Serbia in Llanelli, 15th October 2016 and then two weeks later play away to Italy in Monza, 29th October 2016. Winning both of these games will see Wales top their qualifying group and qualify for the World Cup. Should Wales not achieve this and finish second in their group then Wales will play in a winner takes all qualifying game at Leigh Sports Village, Leigh on November 4th 2016 with the winner qualifying for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The opposition for this second chance qualifying game will be against the nation which finishes second the tightly contested group B between Ireland, Spain and Russia.
Tickets are on sale now for the first match in Wales' 2017 World Cup qualifying campaign, Wales v Serbia, 6pm kick off at Parc Stebonheath, Llanelli, Saturday 15th October. Tickets are priced from the very affordable £10 for adults, £8 concessions and £5 for child with seating starting at £12 for adults. Group discounts and family tickets are also available.