Rugby Calvisano

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Kawasaki Robot Rugby Calvisano
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Full nameKawasaki Robot Rugby Calvisano
UnionItalian Rugby Federation
Founded1970; 49 years ago (1970)
LocationCalvisano, Italy
Ground(s)Stadio San Michele (Capacity: 5,000)
PresidentAlessandro Vaccari
Coach(es)Massimo Brunello
Captain(s)Alberto Chiesa
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website

Rugby Calvisano is an Italian rugby union club currently competing in the Top12. They are based in Calvisano (Province of Brescia), in Lombardy. They were founded in 1970 by a group of players: Tonino Montanari, Gianluigi Vaccari and Alfredo Gavazzi. In 1992 the club became “Rugby Calvisano S.r.l.”


Calvisano were founded in 1970 by a group of players, in 1992 the club became “Rugby Calvisano S.r.l.” Calvisano first qualified for European competition for the 1999–2000 season, where they competed in the European Challenge Cup, playing six pool games, though they did not win any. They qualified for their first Heineken Cup for the 2001–02 season, though it was season after where the club won a couple of their pool games, but they have yet to make the finals.

In 2005 they beat Benetton Treviso 25–20 in Padova to win their first Italian Championship. They had previously lost in the final on four occasions. Later in the year, they hosted a match in the 2005-06 Heineken Cup against the Cardiff Blues that turned out to be notable as the first competitive appearance of All Blacks great Jonah Lomu since undergoing a kidney transplant in 2004. They were forced to withdraw from the Super 10 (now Top12) for the 2009–10 season but go on to compete in Serie A. They finally returned to the National Championship of Excellence for the 2011–12, that proclaimed them “champions of Italy”. They also won the championship in the seasons 2013–14, 2014–15 and 2016–17.


  • Italian championship
    • Champions (7): 2004–05, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2016–17, 2018−19
    • Runners-up (7): 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2015–16, 2017–18
  • Coppa Italia
    • Champions (1): 2003–04
    • Runners-up (3): 1998–99, 2002–03, 2006–07
  • Excellence Trophy
    • Champions (2): 2011–12, 2014–15
  • Intercontinental Cup
    • Champions (1): 2006
  • European Rugby Continental Shield
    • Champions (1): 2019

Current squad[edit]

The Calvisano squad for 2018–19:[1]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Matteo Luccardi Hooker Italy Italy
Marco Manfredi Hooker Italy Italy
Rudy Biancotti Prop Italy Italy
Franco Brarda Prop Argentina Argentina
Gianmario Ferrari Prop Italy Italy
Danilo Fischetti Prop Italy Italy
Dante Gavrilita Prop Italy Italy
Piermaria Leso Prop Italy Italy
Gabriele Morelli Prop Italy Italy
Matteo Zanusso Prop Italy Italy
Michele Andreotti Lock Italy Italy
Augustin Cavalieri Lock Italy Italy
Michael van Vuren Lock Italy Italy
Davide Zanetti Lock Italy Italy
Carlo Amadei Flanker Italy Italy
Matteo Archetti Flanker Italy Italy
Nardo Casolari Flanker Italy Italy
Andrea Martani Flanker Italy Italy
Antoine Koffi Flanker Italy Italy
Gabriele Venditti Flanker Italy Italy
Alessio Zdrilich Flanker Italy Italy
Samuela Vunisa Number 8 Italy Italy
Player Position Union
Nicolò Casilio Scrum-half Italy Italy
Federico Consoli Scrum-half Italy Italy
Fabio Semenzato Scrum-half Italy Italy
Sam Lane Fly-half Australia Australia
Paolo Pescetto Fly-half Italy Italy
Alberto Chiesa (c) Centre Italy Italy
Roberto Dal Zilio Centre Italy Italy
Facundo Panceyra Garrido Centre Argentina Argentina
Enrico Lucchin Centre Italy Italy
Damiano Mazza Centre Italy Italy
Simone Balocchi Wing Italy Italy
Pierre Bruno Wing Italy Italy
Marco Susio Wing Italy Italy
Giacomo de Santis Fullback Italy Italy
Kayle van Zyl Fullback Italy Italy
  • Players in bold capped internationally.
  • Players and their allocated positions from the Calvisano Rugby website.[1]
  • Notes:

Selected former players[edit]

Italian players[edit]

Former players who have played for Calvisano and have caps for Italy:

Overseas players[edit]

Former players who have played for Calvisano and have caps for their respective country:


European Challenge Cup (1996–2014)[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
1999–2000 6 0 0 6 69 155
2007–08 6 2 0 4 123 200
2012–13 6 1 0 5 117 223
2013–14 6 0 1 5 80 173

European Rugby Challenge Cup (2014-present)[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
2015–16 6 0 0 6 39 344

Heineken Cup (1995–2014)[edit]

Season Played Won Drawn Lost For Against
2001–02 6 0 0 6 58 279
2002–03 6 2 0 4 105 236
2003–04 6 0 0 6 115 225
2004–05 6 0 0 6 79 264
2005–06 6 0 0 6 48 191
2006–07 6 0 0 6 74 264
2008–09 6 0 0 6 87 280


  1. ^ a b "PRIMA SQUADRA > GIOCATORI La rosa della prima squadra". Retrieved 4 October 2018.

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