If Italy and Scotland count for butter on the Six Nations scale on Saturday, there’s someone for whom this match was very significant. Since turning 22 and 1.77 meters – for 71 kg, a physique so rare in professional rugby – Ange Cappuozzo has donned a transalpine selection jersey for the first time in his career. For an expected defeat (22-33), against XV of Thistle who remained in a setback against France at Murrayfield (17-36).
And this French-Italian, born in Grenoble and trained in the Pont de Cleix (Isère), did not miss the baptism of fire. Coming in at the 46th minute while his team was nine points behind on the scoreboard, the young backer of FC Grenoble (Pro D2) was quick to display his rhythmic qualities and support on the grass at the Stadio Olympic of Rome. In a 13 minute watch in hand, Capuozzo split two attempts (67, 80) in a wild end of the match.
Watched by many of the top 14 clubs
The latter did well in the tournament after four defeats in as many matches, and the Italian team still felt some relief in front of their fans, including their cannon. Which certainly caught the attention of his New Zealand coach, Kieran Crowley, a little more. Far from the high-ranking tricolor and fifteenth of France, Ange Capuozzo quickly chose the nationality of his father. He has since positioned himself as a promising hopeful in cross-alpine rugby. Several of the top 14 clubs followed, who can also play as a winger or half player who said he was “proud and happy” to see his name crowned among the Italian recruits.
“It is a story that began three years ago, during the U-20 World Cup in Argentina. I continued to choose the A six months ago, in Spain, and today this brings me to my first-team debut,” he welcomed on Thursday on social networks. If he can’t let the Squadra Azzura take on the Scottish scalp at the end and snatch their first game since 2015 in the competition, there’s no doubt Capuozzo will long be remembered for his first success.
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