The 12th edition of the Lorenzo Sebastiani Memorial begins: two days of great rugby in Centi Colella, on 23 and 24 September, in the name of solidarity.
The next Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September will mark the beginning of 12th edition of the Lorenzo Sebastiani Memorial, a tournament that will see the best under 18 teams from all over Italy compete in a top-level sporting spectacle. After the great success of the last edition, great rugby returns to Centi Colella in an event awaited by fans and players from all over the country. The Lorenzo Sebastiani Memorial has now become a fixed event for rugby lovers in Italy, a special moment celebrating emerging talent in the world of youth rugby. This year, the event will host the eight best Italian teams in the under 18 category, a crucial stage before the big leap into professional rugby. The teams that will compete on the green rectangle of Centi Colella are a concentration of young talents and promises of Italian rugby. Among these stand out the Rugby Experience School (winner of the previous edition, beating Benetton Treviso in a thrilling final), the historic SS Lazio 1927, the Fiamme Oro Rugby, the Unione Rugby Capitolina (vice champions of Italy under 19), Livorno Rugby 1931, Femi CZ Rugby Rovigo Delta, Polisportiva L’Aquila Rugby and Rugby Colorno 1971, the latter holders of the title of under 19 Italian champions.
The tournament will take place over two intense days of rugby. The qualifying group stage will begin on Saturday at 2pm and continue throughout the afternoon, with the last match scheduled for 7.30pm. Immediately afterwards, all those present will have the opportunity to enjoy the “third half”, a moment of conviviality open to the public, during which the match of the Rugby World Cup underway between South Africa and Ireland, two of the most popular teams in group B. Sunday will be dedicated to the exciting finals of the tournament, with kick-off scheduled for 11:00 am with the final for seventh and eighth place, concluding with the grand final which will begin at 3:00 pm. At the end of the final and the awards ceremony, the third half will continue, open to the entire public. Throughout the event, the Friends of Lorenzo Association, the organizer of the tournament for twelve years now, will make food and drink stands available to athletes, fans and enthusiasts, guaranteeing a quality gastronomic experience. Furthermore, it will also be possible to follow the Rugby World Cup matches at the same time as the tournament, an unmissable opportunity for lovers of this sport.
Furthermore, this year, for the first time, the Friends of Lorenzo Association will broadcast all the tournament matches live on both Saturday and Sunday to allow those who want to follow the event from other cities to do so as well. On the occasion of the twelfth edition, the Amici di Lorenzo Association will also deliver the check to“Luca Moro Sport for all Eds-Odv” Association, with the patronage of the Municipality of L’Aquila. This year the initiative will benefit from the support of the Amici di Lorenzo association, which will undertake to subsidize a further ten scholarships in addition to the forty financed by the promoters of the project, the aim of which is to provide a contribution to families to encourage sports practice for primary school and lower secondary school children. The notice, which can be consulted on the institutional website, regulates the assignment and disbursement of contributions, on a competitive basis, to students resident in the province of L’Aquila in the presence of specific economic requirements. The contribution, referring to each individual boy, is equal to the cost incurred for enrollment in courses held in the 2023/2024 sports year up to a maximum amount of 350 euros. The compilation, forwarding and management of applications take place exclusively electronically at the e-mail address [email protected] from 12:00 on 19 September until 9 October, the deadline for submission.
“We are very proud of this edition. The Memorial is becoming an increasingly important event for youth rugby in Italy, declared Americo Sebastiani president of the Friends of Lorenzo Association. More and more companies are choosing to participate from every corner of the country. This year we will have last year’s champions and vice-champions of Italy under 19, together with historic teams such as Rovigo and Livorno, who will participate for the first time. We are very happy with this growth and with continuing to involve teams that have always been there since the beginning of our adventure, such as Fiamme Oro, Capitolina and Lazio as well as obviously the two teams from our city such as Polisportiva L’Aquila Rugby and Rugby Experience School. Our goal is to continue to grow and become a permanent fixture for all young rugby players in Italy.”
The Lorenzo Sebastiani Memorial promises, once again, to offer two days of exciting youth rugby, an opportunity to see the future stars of Italian rugby in action. A weekend not to be missed for lovers of this sport and beyond and for all those who wish to support the emerging talents of Italian rugby in the name of Lorenzo’s memory.