Italian Rugby Federation to meet with Zebre's players, new directors

Zebre fullback Edoardo Padovano races away to score against Connacht in Parma in April. Gaetano Piazzolla/Action Plus via Getty Images

Italian rugby officials will meet with Zebre's players and new directors on Monday after it was confirmed that the club's former owners will not enter a team in the 2017-18 PRO12 season.

The Italian Rugby Federation (FIR) released a statement on Monday morning having received a letter from Zebre's former proprietors renouncing their rights for the upcoming campaign.

The union has already set up Zebre Rugby Club Company in order to run the franchise and ensure that Italy has two representatives in the league next season.

The FIR's statement suggested the federation was keen to "define as soon as possible" the direction the new club would take.

A move to Rome had been mooted but it is expected that Zebre will retain their name and remain in Parma.