Luke McLean

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Luke McLean
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Full name Luke Joseph McLean
Date of birth (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Townsville, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half / Fullback / Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2007–09
2009–2014
2014–
Perth Spirit
Calvisano
Treviso
Sale
4
39
81
(16)
(80)
(71)
correct as of 8 June 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008 – Italy 62 (79)
correct as of 22 June 2014.

Luke McLean (born 29 June 1987) is an Italian Australian rugby union footballer who plays at fullback and fly-half for Treviso in Italy. He has also represented the Italy national rugby union team on 50 occasions.

Background[edit]

McLean was born in Townsville, Queensland.[1] His mother's parents are both Italian; however, his grandfather had to give up his Italian citizenship to buy land in Australia.[2]

McLean attended St. Laurence's College, in South Brisbane, during his schooling years. He was College captain in 2004.

Career[edit]

Club career[edit]

McLean played for Perth Spirit in the Australian Rugby Championship before joining Italian team Calvisano in 2007, turning down a training contract with Western Force.[3]

International career[edit]

McLean was eligible for both Australia, being his country of birth, and Italy, due to his Italian grandmother.[4] He represented the Australia under-19 side, helping the side to win the World under-19 championships.[3][4]

He made his international debut for Italy against 2007 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa on 21 June 2008 in Cape Town.[5] Italy were defeated 26–0.[6]

McLean scored his first international points on his Six Nations debut in the 36–11 defeat to England at Twickenham on 7 February 2009.[7] He scored two penalties in the first-half.[7] He then played against Ireland on 15 February, scoring all of Italy's nine points, converting three penalties in the 38–9 defeat at Stadio Flaminio, Rome.[8][9] McLean scored a further three points kicking a penalty in the 26–6 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield on 28 February.[10][11] He featured in Italy's 20–15 loss to Wales on 15 March 2008 at Stadio Flaminio, failing to score any of Italy's points.[12][13] McLean played in Italy's last Six Nations 2009 match against France on 21 March, losing 50–8.[14]

McLean played a part in Italy's two match series on tour against Australia and New Zealand in 2009, scoring the majority of Italy's points.[15]

McLean scored a try against England in the 2013 Six Nations Championship.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walton, Darren (6 November 2008). "Aussie five-eighth overlooked for Italy". We Love Rugby. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Aussie bids to help Italy beat Ireland". Racing and Sports. 14 February 2009. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Cool hand Luke out to do Italian job". Fox Sports. 8 November 2008. Archived from the original on 13 Sep 2013. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Smith, Wayne (6 November 2008). "Brisbane's Italian connection". The Australian. Archived from the original on 9 November 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Aussie McLean makes debut for Italy". Fox Sports. 19 June 2008. Archived from the original on 8 Jan 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  6. ^ "South Africa 26–0 Italy". BBC Sport. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  7. ^ a b "England 36–11 Italy". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "Ireland maintain their unbeaten start to Six Nations". Times Online. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. 
  9. ^ "Five-Try Ireland Hit Top Spot After Passing Italian Test". IrishRugby.ie. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Scotland 26 Italy 6: Simple for Simon as Hadden's men get off the mark". Daily Mail. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  11. ^ Drabble, Joe (28 February 2009). "Spoon looms for Azzurri". Sky Sports. Retrieved 4 March 2009. 
  12. ^ Cain, Nick (15 March 2009). "Wales endure red-face day". Times Online. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  13. ^ Davies, Sean (14 March 2009). "Italy 15–20 Wales". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 March 2009. 
  14. ^ Standley, James (21 March 2009). "Italy 8–50 France". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 March 2009. 
  15. ^ Gilhooly, Daniel (28 June 2009). "All Blacks Disappoint In Stuttering Win". voxy.co.nz. Retrieved 9 November 2013. 

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