In 2011, the Padova Jaguars debuted in the second r-Evolution League (Italian Rugby League Championship) under the FIRFL, but the name was made in haste and the group led by FIRFL Vice-President Matteo Visona has decided to rebrand the club with greater appeal and historical branding.

The new club brand will be officially labelled as “NOVA Gorena Padova RLFC” (NEW Padova Gorena) as Matteo Visona explains “The incipit that I chose has its roots from the 1960’s, at the time of the first wave of Italian Rugby League. In the Northeast there were twenty three teams only to the Padova region. One of these was the Gorena Padova, victorious twice at the end of the championship (before rugby league’s near 50 year hiatus) and had several good players within club. Our little secret is the son of one of them.”

Mr Visona suggests that the 60’s Gorena was named after their sponsor, a textile company now closed, but produced shirts for the sports person and the new brand in 2012 is a bridge between the past and present, with Gorena being the last successful club in the first Italian RL era when the game was known as Gioco di 13.

Gorena will hold their season launch on Saturday May 19 from 4pm at their partner club ‘House del Valsugana’. The club will have the presentation of their team, and discuss rugby a 13, history and dine. The club is proud to unveil that two original Gorena XIII players from the successful side of 1960 will be there, among other things to present one of three ‘padovani badges’ and discuss rugby league.

The off-field staff will be led by Tairo Trento and Chicco Prosdocimi who will begin training on May 14 twice a week for two weeks, than have 2 scheduled “Rugby League Nines” internal match until the season at Valsugana for an development initiative and put to practice what they have learnt. The club members are also helping to increase the players knowledge and awareness through the use of NRL and Super League DVDs and Highlights. Marzio Zanato (former Italia A RU and U21 coach will take a “behind the scenes” role).

Gorena Padova has released their first promotional video in the lead up to the third r-Evolution League that officially kicks off on June 2 – check it out at or like their Facebook page (Gorena RLFC).

More details for the Championship will be released soon by the FIRFL (Federazione Italiana Rugby Football League) with the new website in it’s final stages.

By ricky

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