Rugby Italy, Lamaro almost captain. All Blacks, who before: “It would be crazy”

Rugby Italy, Lamaro almost captain. All Blacks, who before: “It would be crazy”
Rugby Italy, Lamaro almost captain. All Blacks, who before: “It would be crazy”

Coach Crowley, from the match on November 6, could entrust the ranks to the 23-year-old Roman flanker: “But I would remain the same as always”

By dint of hearing it, the prophecy is becoming a reality. After all, Michele Lamaro was born a captain. Since July, in Treviso, he shares the role with South African scrum-half Dewaldt Duvenage. And from next week, coinciding with the Verona meeting that will lead to the three Italian test matches in November, he could also wear the armband in the national team. If the new coach Kieran Crowley really decides to replace Luca Bigi, invested with responsibility since February 2020, the number one candidate to replace him will be the Roman third line. When it is said to forge ahead: Lamaro made his debut with the major Italy last November and boasts no more than seven appearances. How long was it enough for him, at the age of 23, to confirm certain characteristics – not just technical ones – as a leader.

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“If it really happens – he says – I will reach a great milestone. It would be a source of pride: for me, for my family and for all those with whom I have worked over the years. In case I will remain the Michele I always have, animated by the passion that accompanies me. since I started playing. In Treviso, in recent weeks, I realized that the role does not involve big changes. What is different is that the teammates observe you, they take you as a reference and so any possible error does not go unnoticed. L ‘the only thing is that when they call me captain or make jokes, I get a little embarrassed. ”The beauty is that the possible debut with the ranks will not take place in just any match. But in the one against the All Blacks on Saturday 6 November at the Olimpico of his hometown. “In New Zealand – admits Gianluca’s son, Olympic sailor in Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 – I’ve never been there, but that culture fascinates me. The ranking doesn’t matter: they are the best in the world. C ‘is also the bil even games won-lost to say it, close to 80%. I grew up at Aurelio, 10 ‘from the stadium, so it will be a special occasion for me. Also because not everyone is lucky enough to play such a match. I was in the Monte Mario stands in 2016, when Tommy Boni made his debut in blue, also scoring a try for them. And I have a precedent with the Under 20s, at the World Cup in Georgia in 2017. Then my reference player is the All Black par excellence: Richie McCaw. “Captain and flanker like him.

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Just Michele, for a few hours, has been standing out throughout the city together with Bauden Barrett, all star, in the launch campaign at the match: “It will be interesting to see if someone recognizes me later” smiles the future doctor in sports management (thesis defense degree is scheduled for December 12). “If last season, with Treviso, after a disastrous Pro 14, we were in desperate need of victories and we reached the success in the Rainbow Cup that has restored confidence to the environment – he underlines – in the national team we desperately need to return to being competitive. , even against teams like New Zealand, Argentina and Uruguay, fearsome next opponents. The Pumas are returning from a subdued Championship and will be animated by a great desire for redemption, the Teros have just won the qualification for the next World Cup and will be well charged: I foresee a great physical clash “. 13 Treviso players have been called up for the Verona meeting. Including rookie Ivan Nemer, a 23-year-old Argentine prop equalized: “When he arrived in Italy – recalls Lamaro – he was destined for Casale, in Serie B. But he soon proved his qualities. He is extroverted and competitive: if only he expressed himself in one language. a little more understandable … “.

October 21, 2021 (change October 21, 2021 | 09:42)

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