Italy strike set to end?

Date published: June 17 2015

The Italian Federation (FIR) are confident the players' strike affecting their Rugby World Cup preparations will soon come to an end.

The Azzurri refused to train on Monday because of a change to their performance bonuses, with the FIR planning to hand out just a one-off payment at the end of the competition.

The players want a match-by-match reward and after meetings between the two sides, the FIR are confident that an agreement will be reached, allowing Italy to prepare for the World Cup.

"The directors of the FIR met with the players from the national team today as well as their representatives in Calvisano," read a statement.

"During the meeting the foundations were put in place for a collective agreement on the participation in the preparation camps for the World Cup in September in England, with respect to the meritocratic principles proposed by the Federation and the demands, not only economic, of the players.

"The agreements will soon be formalised with a view to a quick restart to the World Cup preparation."