April 12, 2021
For 4 years he was a rugby coach of Livorno. With him at the wheel, sixth in A1, he is the best result ever
Livorno April 12, 2021
Marco Bolsan, the “legend” of Italian oval football, has passed away at the age of 79 (he will turn 80 in July).
His name is associated with a very ill period for Rugby Livorno.
Bolsan served as the attractive coach of the Green and White team for four seasons, from 1989/90 to 1992/93.
Under his leadership, Labronics was able to reach very prestigious destinations.
In 1989/90 A1, Rugby Livorno – branded with Corime and with the opening of David Knox – reached sixth place in A1 (highest domestic championship).
It was the best position ever achieved by Rugby Livorno in its first 90 years of activity.
In that remarkable tournament, the unforgettable victories, among other things, with Benetton Treviso (at Paecchi) and with L’Aquila (away and at home).
With Bolsan as coach, Rugby Livorno finished eighth, again at A1, in the 90/91 season.
Then 12th place and the unfortunate drop to A2 in 91/92 and “reconstruction” with many youngsters coming from nursery, in A2, in the 92/93 season (with a very good fifth place).
Here’s how Fir, with a note on his official website, recalls Bollesan.
47 blue times, 34 times captain of the national team, technical commissioner in the first Rugby World Cup 1987; Team manager at the 2003 and 2007 World Championships. Founder of Zebre in his original form for an Italian calling club.
“LegendNot a term misused when associated with the name Marco Bolsan
Azzurro No. 193, the only rugby player to have been included by CONI in Walk of Fame Which crosses the Parco del Foro Italico, who disappeared yesterday evening April 11th in Genoa.
He would have turned 80 on July 7.
Since his debut with Italy, not until the 22nd on April 14, 1963 in Grenoble against France, the Blue Rugby Foundation, the flag, is a symbol in the years when the Oval Ball was very far from the lights of today and the Six Nations, for rugby we have a dream more than an ambition.
He was born in Chioggia but grew up in Genoa, and was a winger in the ranks of the CUS in the Ligurian capital; Having established himself as one of the third best streaks on the national stage, he moved to Partenope where he won the Italian champion in 1966 before returning to his home club, touching the three-color title with Genoese for three years and then winning it. In 1975 in a Brescia shirt, the same year he last appeared in blue against Czechoslovakia in Reggio Calabria.
In his career, he had the honor of leading Italy on the occasion of the historic tour to South Africa in 1973; One of the turning points in the history of the domestic oval
In the same year he was one of the founding members of Zebre.
Appointed Technical Commissioner, together with Gianni Franceschini, in the first term of the Mondelli presidency; He had led the national team to the first Rugby World Cup 1987 in New Zealand, close to reaching the quarter-finals.
Between 2002 and 2008, he returned to the national team as team manager while managing John Kirouan and Pierre Berbesier, the last career steps in a life entirely dedicated to Italian rugby service.
“For the rugby players of my generation, for anyone who sported between the 1960s and 1980s, but also for those who came next:
An example, Marco Bolsan was the epitome of a brave rugby player
The symbol of a game where mud, sweat and blood were the best honorific titles.
Contributed to making rugby known in our country before the professional revolution of 1996; Embodying the Italian rugby spirit of more than two decades and also in the years following his retirement from the field, he played a series of strategic roles for the federation.
We will forever be grateful to him for his extraordinary contribution and I, in particular, will always carry in my heart his teachings and the honor which he confessed to me through my appointment, as Technical Commissioner, who arranged the captain of the national team during his tenure. Administration. We are close to my daughter Mered, Marella, and all of her family. Italian rugby lost one of its favorite children” The President of the FIR, Marzio Innocenti, announced the Association’s condolences.
“On my own behalf and on behalf of the Italian National Olympic Committee, I express my sincere approximation to the Federation, to President Marzio Innocenti and all members of the major rugby family at this sad moment for the death of Marco Bolsan, after the early loss of Massimo Cutita. Italian sport is losing two great champions, wonderful interpreters of its values and timeless examples of ability and professionalism. I proudly remember a place in the CONI Walk of Fame, created in 2015, to the great Bollesan, an immortal legend of the titles acquired and his path, which made him forever in the history of the movement. I am sure the remembrance will inspire new generations who are invited to imitate timeless works” Announced by the president of CONI, Giovanni Malagi.
The funeral of Marco Bolsan will take place on Tuesday 13 April at 11:30 in the Church of Saint Antonio in Bocadasi, Genoa.
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National debut: France vs Italy 14-12, Grenoble April 14, 1963
Last test match: Italy-Czechoslovakia 49-9, Reggio Calabria on May 10, 1975
Italian Championship titles: 1965/66 (Partenop Rugby), 1974/75 (Brescia)
Career as Technical Commissioner for the National Team (1985-1988)
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