Tommaso Allan

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Tommaso Allan
Tommaso Allan 2018 Roma.jpg
Allan in 2018
Birth nameTommaso Allan
Date of birth (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 25)
Place of birthVicenza, Veneto, Italy
Height1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight87 kg (13 st 10 lb; 192 lb)
SchoolEuropean School, Culham
Royal Grammar School, High Wycombe
Notable relative(s)John Allan (Uncle)
SpouseBenan Demir (7 October 2018)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half / Centre / Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011
2012–2013
Wasps Academy
Western Province
()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013–2016
2016–
Perpignan
Benetton
43
27
(150)
(112)
Correct as of 10 December 2017
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011–2013
2013–
Scotland U20
Italy
16
41
(89)
(230)
Correct as of 16 November 2018

Tommaso Allan (born 26 April 1993), commonly known as Tommy Allan[1] is an Italian rugby player who can play fly-half, centre or fullback, and currently plays for Benetton and the Italy national team.[2] Besides Italy and Scotland, Allan has spent several years in England and some time in South Africa.

Life[edit]

Allan hails from a rugby family; his Scottish father William Allan and his Italian mother Paola Berlato both played in Italy, while his uncle John Allan earned 9 caps for Scotland and 13 for South Africa.[3] Through his father he was eligible to represent Scotland, but chose to play for Italy at senior level. He went to school in Culham, Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom.

Rugby career[edit]

Youth career[edit]

Allan was part of the London Wasps Academy in 2011 before captaining the RGS High Wycombe rugby side. He won the Under-19 Provincial Championship while playing for Western Province in South Africa and at the end of his contract there, he joined Perpignan.

Senior career[edit]

Perpignan[edit]

2013–14[edit]

Allan signed for french Top 14 side Perpignan shortly before the 2013–14 season. Allan made his debut for Perpignan on 8 September 2013 against Racing Métro at Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir in the french department of Hauts-de-Seine just outside the capital, Paris. Perpignan lost 19–16,[4] with Allan kicking one conversion (56th minute) and kicking three conversions (3rd minute, 26th minute, 68th minute).

Because of Allan's end-of-year performances, he was called up to the national team. Allan played a total of eight games in the Top 14 and four in the Heineken Cup in his debut season for Perpignan, scoring a total of 27 points in 12 appearances for the side. Unfortunately Perpignan were relegated to the Pro D2 after finishing 13th out of the 14 teams.

2014–15[edit]

In the 2014–15 Pro D2 season, Allan cemented a firm position on the number 10 role for Perpignan. Playing eighteen games, scoring three tries, fourteen penalty goals, scoring a total of 81 points and helping Perpignan to reach promotional play-offs.

Benetton[edit]

Allan returned to his home region of Veneto, Italy, signing for Benetton Treviso before the 2016–17 Pro12 season.

International career[edit]

On 9 October 2013 Allan was named in the Italian 35-man training squad for the 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests,[5] which led to the Scottish Rugby Union seeking clarity on Allan's intentions for his future.[6] Despite Allan playing for Scotland at Under 17, Under 18 and Under 20 age groups, he was named in Jacques Brunel's final squad.[7] He made his debut coming off the bench to score against Australia.

Allan started the first three of Italy's 2014 Six Nations matches against Wales, France and Scotland.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tommy Allan: 'Unusual' Italy fly-half charts voyage of discovery". BBC Sport. 28 August 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Player profile – Benetton". BenettonRugby.it. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  3. ^ Tommaso Allan SRU Profile Archived 21 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Racing Métro – Perpignan". Top 14 (in French). 8 September 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Italy call-up Scotland U-20 fly-half". ESPN. 9 October 2013.
  6. ^ "Scotland seek clarity on Tommaso Allan after Italy call-up". BBC Sport. 9 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Italia, geldenhuys rientra in gruppo in vista dei cariparma test match". Italian Rugby Federation (in Italian). 19 October 2013.
  8. ^ "Scotland leave it late to beat Italy in Rome with Weir drop goal". RTÉ Sport. Retrieved 22 February 2014.