Italy aims to place above last in the 2023 Six Nations, starting with France this weekend.
And once again they will line up in their trademark blue kit.
But why do Italian sports teams always wear the colour when it’s not featured on their flag?
They’ll wear their iconic blue uniform, reflecting the House of Savoy’s color (the country’s former Royal Family) since 1911.
Despite becoming a republic in 1946, the blue kit was kept and still appears on the Italian presidential standard.
The country’s sports teams are nicknamed “Azzurri”, meaning “The Blues”.
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Nigel Owen’s law changes for 2024:
#1. Less TMO
Owens wrote: “We should aim for good performances that facilitate good games. In my opinion, perfect has become the enemy of the good because people are striving for a standard that is unachievable. A frustrating over-reliance on the TMO is one result of this fear of getting things wrong.
“Pressure is being exerted on referees by spectators, social media users, coaches, players, performance reviewers and referee managers. That is a lot of people scrutinising everything. I think we need to take a step back and make sure we pick up the things that matter.”Embed from Getty Images