Cristian Stoian

Niculae Cristian Stoian (Chisinau, December 19, 1999) is an Moldovan-born Italian rugby union player. His usual position is as a Lock and he currently plays for Fiamme Oro in Top12.[1]

Cristian Stoian
Full nameNiculae Cristian Stoian
Date of birth (1999-12-19) 19 December 1999 (age 21)
Place of birthChisinau, Moldova
Height1.97 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight115 kg (18 st 2 lb; 254 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Fiamme Oro
Youth career
2014−2016
2016−2017
Rugby Anzio
Rugby Legio Invicta
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2017−2019 F.I.R. Academy ()
2019− Fiamme Oro 25 (0)
2020−Zebre 4 ()
Correct as of 5 Jun 2021
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2019 Italy Under 20 10 (0)
2020− Italy 2
Correct as of 5 Dec 2020

For the end of 2019–20 Pro14 season and for 2020–21 Pro14 season, he was named as Permit Player for Zebre.[2]

In 2019 Stoian was named in the Italy Under 20 squad. From November 2020 he is also part of Italy squad. [3]

BiographyEdit

Born in Moldavia, he moved to Italy at a young age. He began playing rugby aged 15, signing up with the Rugby Anzio Club. He played an Under-16 and an Under-18 season in Anzio, before being loaned to the Roma Legio XV Rugby youth franchise for the 2016-17 season.

From 2017 to 2019, while playing for the Rugby Anzio Club, he was selected in the FIR “Ivan Francescato” Academy, playing two seasons in Serie A. In 2019 he was called up in the Under-20 national team that took part in the Six Nations and World Cup category, making 10 appearances.

In 2019 he was signed by TOP12 team Fiamme Oro and invited as a player added by Zebre, becoming the permit player of the franchise from the following season. In November 2020 he was called up to the senior national team by coach Franco Smith, making his international debut on November 28, 2020 in the Autumn Nations Cup match with France, taking over from the bench.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cristian Stoian – Fiamme Oro Rugby".
  2. ^ "LE ZEBRE RUGBY DANNO IL BENTORNATO A CINQUE PERMIT PLAYERS PROVENIENTI DAL MASSIMO CAMPIONATO ITALIANO" (in Italian). Zebre. 17 June 2020. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  3. ^ "ITALIA, I CONVOCATI PER I CATTOLICA TEST MATCH E LA AUTUMN NATIONS CUP 2020". Fir Rugby. 2020-11-03.