One of the Finest Front Row Combinations to Play International Rugby in recent times have joined the Team here at Irish Rugby Tours.

Our Good Friends – Fabio Ongaro and Toto Perugini have come on board with us here to develop further our Links with Italian Rugby. Irish Rugby Tours probably have some of the strongest rugby links over any other operator due to the close working relationship with teams such as the Italian National Team, Italian Rugby Federation at all Levels, Zebre Rugby, Benetton Treviso, Mogliano & Rugby Rovigo to name but a few. Italy Rugby Tours with Irish Rugby Tours are miles ahead of the rest.

Over the coming moths and years we will be working closely with both of our friends and there will be occasions when teams can dine with the boys in the Galloway Restaurants, Drink with them in Gulliver’s Pup and even help them with their new catering business Uno Due and eat some chips and have a beer with them. Most recently St. Mary’s College California had a session with Zebre and ate with the team after the training session in the club dining hall. Little did the US College know that they had training with over 1000 Caps including the Bergamasco Brothers – Mauro & Mirco too. That is what awaits you all in Italy with Irish Rugby Tours.

2015-09-23 13.41.37Ongaro won his first cap in 2000 when the Azzurri played against Canada in Rovigo, in a 17–22 loss. Ongaro played every match for Italy in the 2003 World Cup. He scored the crucial try that helped beat Scotland 20–14 inRome in the 2004 Six Nations Championship. His rise to the top peaked in November 2004 when he was named as Italy captain in place of the injured Marco Bortolami. He played 2 matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He has been a regular player at the Six Nations since 2003. He played his last international match for Italy against Scotland on 17 March 2012. Fabio has over 80 Caps for Italy and player for the Barbarians on a Couple of occasions too.2015-09-23 15.10.03

Perugini made his international debut against Ireland in Italy’s opening game of the 2000 Six Nations.

Perugini made his name in Italy with Calvisano before representing his country at U21 and A level. He signed for French giants Toulouse before securing a place in the 2006 Six Nations’ “Team of the Tournament”. He represented Italy at the 2007 World Cup, playing games against New Zealand, Portugal and Scotland before playing a full part in Italy’s 2008 Six Nations campaign, winning his 50th cap against Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Perugini also enjoys lining up for the Barbarians.

His most recent move took him back to Italy with Aironi in 2010 ahead of their debut season in the Magners League. Perugini will remain there for the 2011-12 season and will go to the World Cup with Italy having been named in their 30-man squad. Toto has 83 Caps for Italy and holds the records for most caps without scoring a Single Point.

Some of the Fantastic Highlights of a Rugby Tour to Italy with Irish Rugby Tours:2015-09-23 13.37.15

  • Attend RABO PRO12 Match with Zebre Rugby as Guests of Honour
  • Enjoy Traditional Italian Gelato @ Gaia Natural
  • The Hidden Secret of Pepen Panini’s Sandwiches
  • Training Session with Coaches & Players from Zebre Rugby
  • Tour of Parma Cathedral
  • Pizza Making Class
  • Dinner with Toto Perugini & Fabio Ongaro – Italy’s Most Capped Front Row!
  • Visit Palazzo della Pilotta.