Italy captain Michele Lamaro presented the 2024 Six Nations Tournament as “the best in our history” after his team’s victory against Wales (24-21) on Saturday in Cardiff.

“We really have to take advantage of this moment, it’s the best Tournament in our history with two victories and a draw. We could have had three victories except for a very small detail,” Lamaro said on Sky Sport television. Italy won two matches for the first time in its history (against Scotland 31-29 and against Wales) and drew (13-13 against France) in which Paolo Garbisi missed the penalty of victory at the last second. In 2007 and 2013, the Nazionale was however ranked 4th, one rank better than this year (5th), with two victories each time.

“We always controlled this match, even if it was more complicated in the second half. What’s good is that we took advantage of all our opportunities to score points, that’s the sign of a great team,” said Lamaro. “But we keep our feet on the ground and we remain humble, we are still the ones who must earn the respect of the other teams,” he admitted.

Argentina coach Gonzalo Quesada, who took office after the 2023 World Cup, recalled that he had “said during his first press conference that this team was going to be talked about”.

“We worked well. In each match, we played better than in the previous one, we found our playing identity. I am very proud of this team, of our project, of our way of working,” insisted the former Argentinian international. “We have to continue to work and progress, it’s only our first international tournament together,” he concluded.