Why do Benetton Treviso and Zebre Parma do not play in Italian Eccellenza (the most important national league) and play abroad in Pro12 League with teams from Great Britain and Ireland?

The winner of Eccellenza is the national champion team or not?

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For the same reason that the top Welsh, Irish and Scottish teams play in the Pro12: because it's a higher standard of play, giving entry to things like the European Cup. As such, there isn't really a "national champion", just as there isn't in Wales, Ireland or Scotland.

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