Paolo Vaccari

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Paolo Vaccari
Full name Paolo Vaccari
Date of birth (1971-01-17) 17 January 1971 (age 46)
Place of birth Calvisano (Brescia), Italy
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
University Politecnico di Milano
Occupation(s) Sports Manager
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Centre, Wing, Full-back
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team    
1983-1987 Rugby Calvisano
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Apps (points)
Correct as of 13 April 2009
National team(s)
Years Club / team Apps (points)
1991-2003 Italy 64 (107)
Correct as of 13 April 2009

Paolo Vaccari (born 17 January 1971) is an Italian former rugby union player. He was a versatile back: he used to play as Centre, Wing or Full-back. He is currently a sports manager.


Born and raised in Calvisano, Vaccari debuted with Rugby Calvisano's senior squad on 1 February 1987 against Petrarca in Padua. After six seasons with Calvisano he moved to Amatori Milano, then owned by Silvio Berlusconi and known as "Milan Rugby", and won an Italian title in 1995; got back to Calvisano he joined the Italian Championship's Final 6 times in a row, from 2001 to 2006, winning the title again in 2005.

Vaccari won his first cap in 1991 against Namibia in Windhoek (defeat 7–17, although he scored a try at his debut); he went on playing three consecutive editions of the Rugby World Cup (1991, 1995 and 1999).

Vaccari was part of the Italian team that won for the first time the 1997 FIRA Trophy against France. His most significant international performance was the 1997 FIRA Trophy Final, played in Grenoble, a 40–32 win which meant the first Italy win over France. The title was instrumental in Italy's admission to the Five Nations Championship, now renamed Six Nations Championship, in 2000.

Vaccari was also invited by the Barbarians to play a match in Leicester in April 1998, which he considers as "a highlight in his career".[1]

He won his last international against Scotland during the 2003 Six Nations Championship.

In 2003 Vaccari graduated in Architecture at the Politecnico, University of Milan, together with his fellow National team mate Massimo Giovanelli.[2]

In 2006 he retired;[3] currently he is a member of the Board of the Italian Rugby Federation.[4]



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  1. ^ Julian Guyer, «Vaccari embarks on mission of respect», The Independent, 30 January 2000.
  2. ^ (Italian) Valerio Vecchiarelli, «Vaccari e Giovanelli, si laureano gli architetti del Sei Nazioni azzurro» (Vaccari and Giovanelli: the Architects of the Italian Six Nations Make the Grade), Corriere della Sera, 3 February 2003
  3. ^ (Italian) Stefano Pozzi, «Ventitré anni di mete: Vaccari lascia il rugby» (23 Years of Tries: Vaccari Retires from Rugby), Corriere della Sera, 29 May 2006
  4. ^ (Italian) Italian Rugby Federation's Executive Board, from

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