Leonardo Ghiraldini

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Leonardo Ghiraldini
Leonardo Ghiraldini 2016.jpg
Ghiraldini in 2016
Full name Leonardo Lorenzo Ghiraldini
Date of birth (1984-12-26) December 26, 1984 (age 32)
Place of birth Padua, Italy
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight 99 kg (15 st 8 lb; 218 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Benetton Treviso
Leicester Tigers
Correct as of October 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2006– Italy 86 (25)
Correct as of 18 March 2017

Leonardo Ghiraldini (born 26 December 1984) is an Italian rugby union player for Toulouse in the Top 14. Ghiraldini's position of choice is hooker.

Club career[edit]

Ghiraldini began his career with Petrarca Rugby in his home town of Padua before moving to Rugby Calvisano in 2005 where, as captain, he won the Super 10 (now National Championship of Excellence) in 2008 and was a runner-up with them in 2006. In 2009, Ghiraldini moves to Benetton Treviso, which joined the Celtic League in 2010.

On 21 May 2014, Ghiraldini moved to England to join Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership from the 2014-15 season.[1] On 18 December 2015, Ghiraldini would join top French club Toulouse in the Top 14 on a three-year deal.[2]

International career[edit]

Ghiraldini played for the Italian U-18, U-19 and U-21 teams before playing for the Italy A Team. He was regarded as one of Italian rugby's stars of the future.

Ghiraldini played his first international game against Japan during Italy's 2006 summer tour. Ghiraldini was in the Italian squad for the 2007 Six Nations Championship and the 2007 Rugby World Cup, he made his World Cup debut against Portugal. He was in the Italy squad for the 2008 Six Nations Championship, playing as starting hooker in all five games of the tournament.[3] For the 2010 Six Nations Championship, Ghiraldini was named Italian captain after Sergio Parisse was ruled out of the tournament with an injury.[4]



  • Super 10 winner (1): 2008. runner-up (1): 2006


  1. ^ "Leicester Tigers sign Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini from Benetton Treviso". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Italy hooker Lenoardo Ghiraldini agrees to join Toulouse". Sky Sports. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "Parisse handed Italy captaincy". BBC. 23 January 2008. Retrieved 2 February 2008. 
  4. ^ "Mallett turns to Ghiraldini". Sky Sports. 29 January 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010. 

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Preceded by
Sergio Parisse
Italy Captain
Succeeded by