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Carlo Canna (born 25 August 1992) is an Italian rugby union player, who regularly plays Fly-half.

Carlo Canna
Carlo Canna 2017.jpg
Birth nameCarlo Canna
Date of birth (1992-08-25) 25 August 1992 (age 26)
Place of birthBenevento, Italy
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight93 kg (14 st 9 lb; 205 lb)
Notable relative(s)Gerardo Canna (Father)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fly-half
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2011−12 Gladiatori Sanniti ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012-15
2015-
Fiamme Oro
Zebre
54
57
(128)
(407)
Correct as of 8 September 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014-2015
2015-
Emerging Italy
Italy
5
31
(34)
(118)
Correct as of 16 November 2018

Canna, who grew up in Benevento, followed in his father's footsteps, and joined the Polizia di Stato in 2012 aged 20. Canna, like his father, Gerardo, joined the State Police sports team, and represented Fiamme Oro Rugby in the National Championship of Excellence, Italy's semi-professional rugby tournament, and Coppa Italia, Italy's second competition behind the NCE.

In 2014, he was a key figure in the team that earned them the Coppa Italia title, which saw him be selected for Italy's second national team, Emerging Italy. During the 2014 Tbilisi Cup, Canna came off the bench to earn only 2 appearances. However, during the 2015 Tbilisi Cup, he was the starting Fly-half in all three games, which saw Emerging Italy finish second behind Emerging Ireland, and ahead of international teams Georgia and Uruguay.[1] Canna was the top point scorer during the 2015 Tbilisi Cup with 29 points.

In April 2015, Carlo signed his first professional contract, with Zebre, which would see Carlo compete at the highest level in Europe, competing in the Pro12 and European Rugby Challenge Cup.[2] On 14 July 2015, Italian first choice Fly-half Kelly Haimona withdrew form the national team's 2015 Rugby World Cup training squad due to injury, which saw Canna called up to the squad, despite not playing any professional rugby with Zebre.[3] On 22 August 2015, he made is international debut, coming off the bench in Italy's first Rugby World Cup warm-up against Scotland, which saw Scotland win 16–12 in Turin.[4] He played 13 matches, starting 11, playing 816 minutes, scoring 1 try, 15 conversions and 15 penalties contributing 80 points in the 2015-2016 - Guinness PRO12 series.[5]

On 24 August, he was named in the final 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[6]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Irish complete clean sweep at Tbilisi Cup
  2. ^ Rugby, Pro 12, Canna alle Zebre: è l'apertura del futuro?
  3. ^ Kelly Haimona Lascia Il Raduno Pre-Mondiale de L’Aquila
  4. ^ Scotland end win drought in Italy
  5. ^ "Statzone". Guinness Pro12. Retrieved 14 June 2016.
  6. ^ Rugby World Cup, Scelti i 31 Azzurri per Inghilterra 2015

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