Federico Pucciariello

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Federico Pucciariello
Date of birth (1975-06-24) June 24, 1975 (age 39)
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 241 lb (109 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Gloucester
Bourgoin-Jallieu
Munster Rugby
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1999-2002  Italy 8 (5)

Federico Pucciariello (born 24 June 1975 in Rosario, Argentina) is a former Italian Argentine rugby union footballer. He played at both tighthead and loosehead prop, and played for Munster Rugby up to the end of the 2008–09 season. He previously played for Gloucester Rugby and CS Bourgoin-Jallieu in the Heineken Cup.

Born in Rosario, Pucciariello declared for Italy and won 8 caps for the Azzurri. He played one match at the 1999 Rugby World Cup finals. He later admitted he regreted representing a country other than that he was born in. He also said his most difficult match was that when he lined out against the county of his birth.

Pucciariello, or Freddy as he was affectionately known in Munster, was a crowd favourite in Thomond Park and Musgrave Park. He started in the Heineken Cup semi final against Leinster Rugby, and came on as a replacement for Marcus Horan in the Final triumph over Biarritz Olympique in 2006. After that he lost his place on the Munster bench for Heineken Cup games to Irish international Tony Buckley, but still lined up in the Celtic League. Pucciariello retired at the end of the 2008–09 season and returned to his native Argentina.[1] He played his last game for Munster on the 15 May 2009 in 36-10 Celtic League win over the Ospreys at Thomond Park where the team also received the trophy as 2008–09 Celtic League winners. He won 85 caps for Munster and scored 7 tries. [2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pucciariello calls time on four fantastic seasons". Limerick Leader. 2009-05-13. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  2. ^ "Munster 36-10 Ospreys". BBC Sport. 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  3. ^ "Munster add five-try glitz to ceremonial occasion". Irish Times. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 

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