Giovanni Bonino

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Giovanni Bonino
Personal information
Full name Giovanni Bonino
Born c. 1922 (age 93–94)
Playing information
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 12 st 12 lb (81.6 kg; 180.0 lb)
Rugby union
Position Flanker
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1947–50 R.S. Ginnastica Torino
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1949 Italy 1
Rugby league
Position loose forward/lock
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–≥50 Torino XIII
Years Team Pld T G FG P
1950–≥50 Italy

Giovanni Bonino (born c. 1922 (age 93–94)) is an Italian rugby union and professional rugby league footballer of the 1940s and 1950s playing representative level rugby union (RU) for Italy, and at club level for R.S. Ginnastica Torino, as a Flanker, i.e. number 6 or 7, and playing representative level rugby league (RL) for Italy, and at club level for Torino XIII, as a loose forward/lock, i.e. number 13, during the era of contested scrums.

Playing career[edit]

International honours[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Bonino represented Italy (RU) in the 0-27 defeat by France XV at Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on Sunday 27 March 1949.[1]

Rugby league[edit]

Vincenzo Bertolotto co-organised (with Dennis Chappell [1], from Wakefield, and a Turin resident), and captained the Italy (RL) tour of 1950 to France (3 matches), England (including; 28-49 defeat by Wigan at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 26 August 1950,[2] Huddersfield at Fartown Ground, Huddersfield on Wednesday 6 September 1950, St. Helens at Knowsley Road on Thursday 16 November 1950), and Wales (including; 11-29 defeat by South Wales XIII at Brewery Field, Bridgend on Saturday 2 September 1950).

The Italy (RL) squad was; Guido Aleati (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Sergio Aleati (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Roberto Antonioli (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Angelo Arrigoni (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Vincenzo Bertolotto (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Michele Bietto, Giovanni Bonino (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Luigi Bosia, Giuseppe Cannone, Pasquale Cannone, Delio Caron, Gabriele Casalegno (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Amerio Chiara, Giorgio Cornacchia, Guido Cornarino (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Fabrizio Faglioli, Enzo Francesconi, Giuseppe Franco, Aldo Guglielminotti (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Giovanni Orecchia, Luigi Pignattaro, Franco Pipino, Giorgio Rassaval, Giorgio Rubino, Giovanni Tamagno (previously of R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU)), Oreste Tescari, and Giovanni Vigna.[3]

Club career[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Bonino was a member of the R.S. Ginnastica Torino (RU) team that won the 1947 Campionati italiani. In honour of this, Bonino's name appears alongside his teammates on a plaque affixed to Motovelodromo Fausto Coppi in Turin, the squad was; eight players that would subsequently accompany Bonino on the 1950 rugby league tour, and also Ausonio Alacevich, Bianco, Campi, Chiosso, Chiosso, Mario Dotti IV, Pescarmona, Piovano, Rocca, Felice Rama (coach), Siliquini, and Sandro Vigliano.

Commemorative plaque in honour of the Italian champions 1947.

Rugby league[edit]

Following the Italy (RL) tour of 1950 to France, England, and Wales, a Torino XIII featuring Giovanni Bonino joined the French league.


  1. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  2. ^ "1950 Tour Match: Wigan 49 Italy 28". 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Huddersfield v An Italian XIII - Match Programme - Wednesday 6 September 1950" (PDF). 31 December 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  • Benedetto Pasqua; Mirio Da Roit, Cent'anni di rugby a Torino (One Hundred Years of Rugby in Turin), Torino, Ananke [2011]
  • Francesco Volpe; Paolo Pacetti, Rugby 2012, Roma, Zesi [2011]
  • Gianluca Barca; Gian Franco Bellè, La Sesta Nazione (The Sixth Nation), Parma, Grafiche Step [2008]

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