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Women’s rugby in Italy is growing — 10mins with Italian rugby player, Giada Franco

Updated: Nov 4, 2020

Women’s rugby in Italy is growing, according to one of its rising stars, Giada Franco.

Franco, born in Naples, burst onto the international scene earlier this year in the 2018 Six Nations at the age of 22, having stand-out performances in the tournament, particularly against Wales in Cardiff. She has taken her international form into the current Autumn International games, grabbing a try in the win vs Scotland. AllThingsSport got to spend ten minutes with Giada talking about her rugby life.

1. How did your rugby career begin?

I got into rugby thanks to my school, who organized a project to promote rugby in my school.

2. When did you make your debut for Italy?

I made my debut for Italy this year in the Six Nations against Ireland, it was an amazing experience.

3. Who do you play for in Italy?

I play for the Rugby Colorno rugby club.

4. Is women’s rugby in Italy a growing sport?

I believe that we are moving in the right direction, as this year our Championship had 20 teams participating. Women’s rugby is definitely growing, and there is certainly an increase in women starting to play the game.

5. What are your aspirations within the game of rugby?

My aspiration is to become a very good player for my club and country.

6. Are you a full time rugby player, or do you have a job?

There are no full time players in Italy, and alongside rugby we all either study or have jobs.

7. How often do you train and what does training involve?

I try to train every day, with 3 of these days spent with the club, and the others spent either training alone or with team-mates. Our training is a mix of specific rugby training, gym work and athletics.

8. What are your interests outside of rugby?

Outside of rugby I study, work and when I get the time I love to travel with my friends.

9. What’s your best sporting moment?

My best rugby moments are when I won the Championship this year with my club, and then when my mother and sister hugged me at the Principality Stadium after a great victory over Wales — these are both very special moments to me.

10. Is the rise of women’s sport growing in Italy, as it is in other European countries?

Women’s sport is certainly growing in Italy, and we are starting to see more interest from brands with regards to sponsoring female athletes. I am hoping we see this continue to grow over the next few years.

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