The Army took part in the eagerly awaited match between the Italy and Wales national teams of the Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament, a historic international event, at the Olympic stadium in Rome.
In the pre-match, the paratroopers of the sports activities department of the "Folgore" brigade flew a 150 mXNUMX tricolor flag and the oval ball together with the insignia of the Army, the Italian Rugby Federation and Welsh Rugby Union.
After landing in the setting of the Stadio dei Marmi, the oval and the flags were taken over and carried onto the playing field by a representation of 44 athletes from the Army's Olympic Sports Center accompanied by a fanfare of the brigade's sharpshooters " Garibaldi".
The last act before the kick-off was the performance of the national anthems by the Army Band.
Off the playing field, from the morning and for the entire third half, the many fans were able to immerse themselves in the world "in camouflage" by visiting the promotional stands of the Armed Forces, an exhibition of historic and in-service vehicles and the flight simulator of the 'Army Aviation.
Furthermore, in the Stadio dei Marmi, a climbing wall was set up by the alpine instructors of the "Taurinense" brigade and two gymnastic courses were activated: one for military fitness with the paratroopers of the "Folgore" brigade and one for athletics Olympic Sports Center Army.
The presence of the Armed Forces at the Italy-Wales match is one of the steps taken together with the FIR as part of the collaboration aimed at actively promoting the culture of sport and the founding values that the world of rugby and the Army share throughout the country.
In this context, the Army will support the National Team's approach to the Rugby World Cup: starting in the spring, the staff led by Kieran Crowley will be involved in team building activities carried out under the supervision of military specialists, while during the summer preparation the Azzurri will be engaged in intense preparation in a mountain environment with the instructors of the Army's Alpine Troops.