Maxime Mbanda

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Maxime Mbanda
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Full nameMata Maxime Mbanda
Date of birth (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 28)
Place of birth Rome, Italy
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight102 kg (16 st 1 lb; 225 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number 8
Current team Zebre
Youth career
2002−11 Amatori Milano
Senior career
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2011-12 Rugby Grande Milano ()
2012-13 F.I.R. Academy ()
2013-16 Calvisano 40 (20)
2015Zebre 4 (0)
2016- Zebre 58 (30)
Correct as of 2 Apr 2021
National team(s)
YearsTeamApps(Points)
2013 Italy Under 20 8 (20)
2014-2015 Emerging Italy 6 (5)
2016- Italy 29 (10)
Correct as of 20 Mar 2021

Mata Maxime Mbanda (born 10 April 1992) is an Italian rugby union player. His usual position is as a flanker, and he currently plays for Zebre. [1] [2] Known for his ball carrying and athleticism.[ citation needed ]

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Biography

For 2015–16 Pro12 season, he named as Permit Player for Zebre in Pro 14. [3]

In 2013 Mbanda was named in the Italy Under 20 squad and in 2014 and 2015 he was also named in the Emerging Italy squad. [4] [5]

After a chain of favourable performances, the No. 8 was selected to represent, for the first time, the Italian national team to a test-match in San Jose, California, in Summer International tests. Italy won with a result of 24 to 20. [6] Since then Mbanda has been a regular in the Italian national side. In particular featuring in the 2019 Rugby World Cup, in Japan. [7]

During the COVID-19 pandemic in Italy, Mbanda volunteered for the Yellow Cross, a humanitarian organization in Parma that transports food and medicine for the elderly. [8] On 3 June 2020 the President of Italy Sergio Mattarella named Mbanda a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic for his services as a volunteer ambulance driver. [9]

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References

  1. https://www.zebrerugbyclub.it/la-squadra/maxime-mbanda/
  2. https://www.zebrerugbyclub.it/la-terza-linea-delle-zebre-rugby-maxime-mbanda-scalda-i-motori/
  3. https://www.zebrerugbyclub.it/team/stagione-201516/
  4. https://www.federugby.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6980%3Airb-tblisi-cup-2014-la-rosa-che-affrontera-il-torneo&catid=328%3Aitalia-emergenti&Itemid=1034&lang=en
  5. https://www.federugby.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8173%3Aitalia-emerging-i-27-azzurri-per-la-tblisi-cup&catid=328%3Aitalia-emergenti&Itemid=1034&lang=en
  6. Palmer, Mark. "Maxime Mbanda offers sense of hope to Italy" via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  7. https://federugby.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=13753:italrugby-conor-oshea-annuncia-i-31-giocatori-convocati-per-il-mondiale&catid=252:slide&Itemid=811
  8. Baber, Andy (24 March 2020). "Italy flanker Mbanda on frontline in Covid-19 fight". sixnationsrugby.com. Six Nations Rugby. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2020.
  9. "Mbanda nominato cavaliere della Repubblica dal presidente Mattarella" [Mbanda awarded the knighthood by President Mattarella]. federugby.it (in Italian). Italian Rugby Federation. 3 June 2020. Archived from the original on 3 June 2020. Retrieved 3 June 2020.