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Gonzalo Canale (born 11 November 1982) is an Italian Argentine rugby union footballer. His usual position is in the centre or at full back. He plays for French club ASM Clermont Auvergne. Canale has also been capped for the Italy national team, and was a part of their squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia and the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Gonzalo Canale
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Birth nameGonzalo Canale
Date of birth (1982-11-11) 11 November 1982 (age 36)
Place of birthCórdoba, Argentina
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight91 kg (201 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Centre / Wing / Fullback
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
La Rochelle
Correct as of 10 July 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003–2013  Italy 86 (35)
Correct as of 10 July 2016
Gonzalo Canale
Canale training with Clermont Auvergne in 2010

Born in Córdoba, Canale was trained and taught rugby in Argentina, where he played for La Tablada between the ages of 10 and 18. Canale later moved to Italy, and would go on to represent that country at both the under-19 and under-21 level during his early career. He made his full international debut for Italy in 2003 against Scotland, at age 20. He was then included in Italy's 2003 Rugby World Cup squad.

Injury saw that Canale missed the first two games of the 2004 Six Nations Championship, but returned to play a key role in the victory over Scotland. During the subsequent summer he toured Romania and Japan, scoring his first try for Italy on tour. He impressed in the Heineken Cup for Treviso as well, including scoring a try against Bath. He has since left Treviso, and signed with French club ASM Clermont.

Canale announced his retirement from rugby in 2015 after being unable to recover from an injury.


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