Italy: results pre-2000 Six Nations debut

Italy joined the Six Nations in 2000.  We looked back at ESPNScrum.com data to review their results in the three prior years (which included RWC 1999).

Their win percentages over 1997 – 1999 were as follows:

1997 – 1999 Win percentages
– All 40,00%
– Vs higher ranked 25,00%

Source: ESPNScrum.com; own calculations for win % excludes draws.

During that time though, they had wins against Ireland, France, Argentina, and Scotland. They had no wins during RWC 1999 in three games.

The more detailed results are as follows:

Span Mat Won Lost Win %
unfiltered 1929-2015 460 177 269 38,48%
filtered 1997-1999 25 10 14 40,00%
Nations Span Mat Won Lost Win %
New Zealand 1999-1999 1 0 1 0,00%
South Africa 1997-1999 3 0 3 0,00%
England 1998-1999 2 0 2 0,00%
Wales 1998-1999 2 0 2 0,00%
Ireland 1997-1999 3 2 1 66,67%
France 1997-1999 3 1 2 33,33%
Argentina 1997-1998 2 1 0 50,00%
Fiji 1999-1999 1 0 1 0,00%
Scotland 1998-1999 2 1 1 50,00%
Tonga 1999-1999 1 0 1 0,00%
Romania 1997-1997 1 1 0 100,00%
Uruguay 1999-1999 1 1 0 100,00%
Spain 1999-1999 1 1 0 100,00%
Russia 1998-1998 1 1 0 100,00%
Netherlands 1998-1998 1 1 0 100,00%
Nations Span Matches Won Lost Win %
IRB Rugby World Cup 1999-1999 3 0 3 0.00

Source: ESPNScrum.com; own calculations for win % excludes draws.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Italy_national_rugby_union_team#Six_Nations

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