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Peter Bills: Italian Joie De Vivre big part of Six Nations

Peter Bills

Published 27/01/2011 | 05:00

A drive through the heartland of Italian soccer last weekend set me thinking about Italy and rugby.

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Steering the car out of Milan, home of the mighty AC and Internazionale clubs, past the autostrada signs to Torino, home of Juventus, and then south, following the signs to Bologna and Parma, I seemed enmeshed in a world of Italian soccer.

So, what room is there in Italian sport for rugby? What possible hope can there be of Italy ever becoming a power in the Six Nations? What justification is there for allowing Italy to participate?

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