Alessandro Moscardi (born March 26, 1969)is a former Italian rugby union player. He played as an hooker.
Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Southern and Western Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.
Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.
Moscardi was born in Rovigo, Veneto. He played for Rugby Rovigo Delta, from 1988/89 to 1995/96, where he won the Italian Championship, in 1989/90. He moved to Benetton Rugby Treviso, where he played from 1996/97 to 2002/03. He won five Italian Championship titles, in 1996/97, 1997/98, 1998/99, 2001/01 and 2002/03, and the Cup of Italy, in 1997/98. He spent his final season, as an amateur, at Conigliano, in 2003/04, finishing his player career afterwards.
Rovigo is a town and comune in the Veneto region of Northeast Italy, the capital of the eponymous province.
Veneto is one of the 20 regions of Italy. Its population is about five million, ranking fifth in Italy. The region's capital is Venice.
Rugby Rovigo Delta, formerly known until 2010 as Rugby Rovigo, is an Italian rugby union club currently competing in the Top12. They are based in Rovigo, in Veneto. The club were founded in 1935 by medical student Dino Lanzoni, who discovered rugby at university. They quickly became one of the strongest Italian sides and won 12 titles between 1951 and 2016. They have never been relegated from the top flight of Italian rugby union.
He had 44 caps for Italy, from 1993 to 2002, including 17 as captain, scoring 6 tries, 30 points on aggregate. He had his first cap at the 33-11 win over Portugal, at 17 April 1993, in Coimbra, for the 1992–93 FIRA Preliminary Tournament. He was called for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, playing in three games and scoring a try. In the Autumn of 2000 he was made captain by coach Brad Johnstone. He played in three Six Nations Championship competitions, from 2000 to 2002, without scoring. His last cap was at the 2002 Six Nations Championship, in the 45-9 loss to England, at 7 April 2002, in Rome, aged 33 years old.
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