Brunel sees bright future for Azzurri
Italy may have won just once in the RBS 6 Nations this year but coach Jacques Brunel believes the Azzurri have the potential to go all the way in the future.
The Italians prevailed 13-6 over Scotland in Rome on Saturday to avoid a fifth consecutive wooden spoon. It was also Brunel's first success in charge of the Azzurri.
"It's difficult but I truly believe that we have the capacity to win this tournament in three or four years' time," Brunel said. "The international level is very high. From here until the next Six Nations, we have six games and we have to progress a lot to achieve the level that we want to be at."
He added: "In this year's edition, we have seen six or seven new players with respect to the old guard and I believe that during the summer, this group will keep on growing."
One of those players was Aironi centre Giovambattista Venditti, who scored the only try against the Scots.
Italy have yet to find a balance in their play.
The Azzurri lost their opener 30-12 in France but did push England very close before falling in that game, 19-15. Defeats to Ireland and Wales were next.
"There have been games where our attack has done well and our defence has not and vice versa as was the case against Wales," Brunel said. "We played a great opening half against Ireland but we weren't able to keep it going in the second half.
"Against France we tried to impose our play."