Serafino Ghizzoni

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Serafino Ghizzoni
Full name Serafino Ghizzoni
Date of birth (1954-10-16) 16 October 1954 (age 62)
Place of birth L'Aquila, Italy
Occupation(s) Car rental
Rugby union career
Position(s) Wing, full-back
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1970-1972 L'Aquila ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
1972-1996 L'Aquila 371 686
Correct as of 16 January 2010
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1977-1987 Italy 60 (77)
Correct as of 6 February 2007 (UTC)

Serafino Ghizzoni (born L'Aquila, Italy, 16 October 1954) is a former Italian international rugby union footballer, who played the 1st Rugby World Cup in 1987.


Born and raised in L'Aquila, Ghizzoni started playing rugby at L'Aquila Rugby as wing; he debuted as senior in 1972[1] and won the Italy's Cup in 1973.

He won his first cap for Italy on 6 February 1977 in the FIRA Championship against France A1; he won his first full international one month later in Casablanca vs. Morocco.

Three years later he won two Italian championships in a row with L'Aquila Rugby.

Ghizzoni was part of the team that played the 1st World Cup in Australia and New Zealand; he won his last cap against the All Blacks.

In the last years of his career he moved to full-back; in 1994 he won his last domestic title with L'Aquila as underdog, beating the highly rated Milan Rugby (which was at the time owned by Silvio Berlusconi) in the championship final in Padua.[2]

Since his retirement he has been running his family business (car and bus renting), and working as a ski instructor and amateur mountain rally driver.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Ghizzoni, L’Aquila che incuteva timore". Il Centro (in Italian). L'Aquila. 2007-07-18. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 
  2. ^ Stefano Edel (2004-04-24). "L’Aquila vola sul cielo del rugby". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Milan. Retrieved 2010-01-17. 

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