Universiade: mini-rugby at Boscotrecase

Local stadium's field was restored for 2019 Universiade

(ANSA) - Boscotrecase, August 11 - The rugby field at the city stadium in the Naples suburb of Boscotrecase, following a recent renovation in preparation for the 2019 World University Games that took place July 3-14, will be the site of a series of local initiatives to utilise and promote the sport for both men and women, including minirugby for youth.
    Orazio Arancio, coach of the Italian national men's rugby team, said the field at Boscotrecase is now one of the "most beautiful rugby fields in Italy".
    The professional rugby team Amatori Rugby, based in the neighbouring suburb of Torre del Greco, just under three years ago won a bid to manage the local stadium for 15 years.
    This year's rugby season will start slightly later than usual, due to the world championships that will be held in Japan starting September 20.
    The local women's rugby team is about to start its third consecutive season in Serie A.
    For the men's team, currently in Serie C, Amatori plans to work towards the team's promotion to Serie B.
    This year Amatori will also coordinate mini-rugby teams for boys and girls in three categories: Under 18, 16, and 14.
    Amatori said it hadn't done that before because it worried about safety concerns with the previous field, which was hard ground.Universiade: New plansnce was so impressed by the field that he asked if he could take a small piece of the mat with him back to France.
    Amatori is aware that the newly renovated field needs to be utilised well, and will allow not only rugby and soccer practice there, but has also launched two other projects: one tied to building a gym under the facility's grandstands, and another regarding a tensile structure for a basketball court.
    The stadium could also shortly be used for non-sporting events as well.


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