Mauro Bergamasco

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Mauro Bergamasco
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Mauro Bergamasco for Stade Français
Full name Mauro Bergamasco
Date of birth (1979-05-01) 1 May 1979 (age 34)
Place of birth Padova, Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 98 kg (15 st 6 lb)
Notable relative(s) Arturo Bergamasco (father)
Mirco Bergamasco (brother)
Occupation(s) Professional rugby union footballer
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Openside flanker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998–2000
2000–03
2003–11
2011–12
2012–
Petrarca
Treviso
Stade Français
Aironi
Zebre


138
8
31


(80)
(0)
(5)
correct as of 30 January 2014.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998 – Italy 97 (75)
correct as of 10 February 2014.

Mauro Bergamasco (born 1 May 1979) is an Italian rugby union footballer who currently plays for Zebre. He predominantly plays as an open-side flanker, although his versatility means has also played a number of international games on the wing, and started at scrum-half in an infamously error-prone performance. He is considered to be one of Italy's best players in his preferred position.

His younger brother Mirco is also a professional rugby player. Both brothers are featured on the cover of the Italian version of the EA Sports game Rugby 08.

Early life[edit]

Mauro Bergamasco was born in Padua into a rugby family; his father Arturo gained 4 caps for the Italian national side between 1973 and 1978 whilst his brother, Mirco, has also won caps for the Italian national team. Bergamasco cites his father as the main reason for his interest in rugby: as a young boy, he would accompany his father to the training sessions of rugby club Selvazzano, the team Arturo coached.

Playing career[edit]

Bergamasco began his playing career with Petrarca Padova, before moving to Treviso.

In 2003 he moved to France with his younger brother to play for Stade Français, reportedly negotiating a contract for his brother Mirco without telling him.[1] The brothers went on to win two French championships.

Mauro joined RaboDirect Pro12 side, Aironi Rugby on 5 December 2011.[2]

International career[edit]

He made his international debut at the age of 19 against the Netherlands and soon became a key member of the Italian squad.

In 2003, Italy's coach John Kirwan deployed him as a winger, comparing his speed and physical stature with Jonah Lomu.[3] Bergamasco continued to insist his best position was on the flank,[4] and later re-established himself in that position.

Bergamasco was banned for four weeks in 2007 for hitting Wales fly half Stephen Jones in a Six Nations match and again for 13 weeks after gouging the eyes of Lee Byrne in the corresponding fixture the following year.

For the 2009 Six Nations match against England, he was chosen to play at scrum-half thanks to three alternatives being injured,[5] but was substituted at half time after a shocking performance, regarded as one of the worst by a player in international rugby, in which his mistakes directly led to three England tries.[6] He was returned to his normal starting position at flanker for the following week's fixture against Ireland.[7]

He missed the 2011 Six Nations Championship due to an injury but was called for the 2011 Churchill Cup to the experienced Italy A,[8] as a preparation for the upcoming 2011 Rugby World Cup. Italy A would finish in 3rd place.

Although not in the original Italian squad for the 2013 Six Nations Championship he was called up by coach Jacques Brunel after Sergio Parisse was sent-off, and faces a possible minimum 6 week ban, for insulting a match official during a club game mid-6 Nations Championship.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rawr Data Player Profile: Mauro and Mirco Bergamasco". Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.rabodirectpro12.com/news/11733.php
  3. ^ rbs6nations, Italian 'Lomu' wings in, 13 Feb 2003
  4. ^ "Italy leave a Bergamasco brother on the bench". The Scotsman. 22 August 2003. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  5. ^ [1] Bergamasco handed scrum-half role
  6. ^ Standley, James (7 February 2009). "England 36–11 Italy". BBC News Sport. Retrieved 15 February 2009. 
  7. ^ "Bergamasco moved back to flanker". BBC News Sport. 12 February 2009. Retrieved 15 December 2009. 
  8. ^ Mauro Bergamasco Called for the 2011 Churchill Cup
  9. ^ "Six Nations 2013: Sergio Parisse set to miss Wales match". BBC News Sport. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 

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