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Guidi’s troops lost to France, Scotland, Wales and England during their first four RBS 6 Nations fixtures earlier this year before closing the Championship with a 25-25 draw with Ireland.
Italy’s attentions have since turned to the Junior World Rugby Trophy in South America, which begins on May 28, and earning promotion back to the Junior World Championship for next year.
They were relegated from that competition last year and must top their pool in Chile to reach the final with the winner replacing the team finishing bottom of the Junior World Championship.
And Guidi is in no doubt that, having held Ireland to a draw in their last fixture of the RBS 6 Nations, Italy can return to the Junior World Championship at the first time of asking.
“It’s crucial for us [to win the JWRT],” said Guidi, who made five international appearances for the Italian first team, all at scrum-half.
“The Union’s youth project requires the Under-20 side to be involved in the Junior World Championship, which is an extremely important step in a young international player’s development.
“The team has made some good performances but, in particular against England, we suffered from a physical point of view.
“We had good indications from the France and Ireland matches but we’re still searching for our real identity and we’re working to find it ahead of the JWRT.
“In the France and Ireland matches I was happy with the quality of our rugby, we tried to impose our rugby [on the opposition] and this is what we’re targeting to do in Chile as well.
“We can build on the last game against Ireland as we approach the JWRT. I hope they’ve learned the lesson from the Six Nations campaign – hard work is always paid back.”