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Luke McLean (born 29 June 1987) is an Italian Australian rugby union footballer who plays at fullback for London Irish. He has also represented the Italy national rugby union team on over 80 occasions.

Luke McLean
Luke McLean.jpg
Birth nameLuke McLean
Date of birth (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 32)
Place of birthTownsville, Australia
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Fullback, Wing, Fly-half
Current team London Irish
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Perth Spirit
Benetton Treviso
Sale Sharks
Benetton Treviso

London Irish
Correct as of 13 December 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2008–2019 Italy 89 (74)
Correct as of 18 March 2017

Personal lifeEdit

McLean was born in Townsville, Queensland.[1]

His mother's parents are both Italian; however, his grandfather had to give up his Italian citizenship to buy land in Australia.[2]

McLean attended St. Laurence's College, in South Brisbane, during his schooling years. He was College captain in 2004. In July 2014 he married long term girlfriend Stephanie Coghlan.[citation needed] In August 2015 the couple had their first child, Marcello.


Club careerEdit

McLean played for Perth Spirit in the Australian Rugby Championship before joining Italian team Calvisano in 2007, turning down a training contract with Western Force.[3] McLean joined Benetton Treviso in 2009 where he played over 80 games. In mid 2014 he signed with the Sale Sharks on a two-year deal. McLean would then return to Benetton Treviso in Italy from the 2015-16 season.

On 2 June it was announced he had signed for London Irish in the English Premiership.[4]

International careerEdit

McLean was eligible for both Australia, being his country of birth, and Italy, due to his Italian grandmother. He represented the Australia under-19 side, helping the side to win the World under-19 championships.[3] He made his international debut for Italy against 2007 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa on 21 June 2008 in Cape Town. Italy were defeated 26–0.[5]

McLean scored his first international points on his Six Nations debut in the 36–11 defeat to England at Twickenham on 7 February 2009.[6] He scored two penalties in the first-half.[6] He then played against Ireland on 15 February, scoring all of Italy's nine points, converting three penalties in the 38–9 defeat at Stadio Flaminio, Rome.[7] McLean scored a further three points kicking a penalty in the 26–6 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield on 28 February.[8][9] He featured in Italy's 20–15 loss to Wales on 15 March 2008 at Stadio Flaminio, failing to score any of Italy's points.[10][11] McLean played in Italy's last Six Nations 2009 match against France on 21 March, losing 50–8.[12]

McLean played a part in Italy's two match series on tour against Australia and New Zealand in 2009, scoring the majority of Italy's points.[13] He scored a try against England in the 2013 Six Nations Championship.

In 2017, McLean played in all of Italy's 6 Nations matches and took on the role as one of the team's primary play-makers, playing at inside centre.


  1. ^ Walton, Darren (6 November 2008). "Aussie five-eighth overlooked for Italy". We Love Rugby. Archived from the original on 20 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  2. ^ "Aussie bids to help Italy beat Ireland". Racing and Sports. 14 February 2009. Archived from the original on 9 March 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Cool hand Luke out to do Italian job". Fox Sports. 8 November 2008. Archived from the original on 13 September 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  4. ^ "NEW SIGNING: Italian international joins London Irish". London Irish. London Irish Scottish Richmond Ltd. Retrieved 2 June 2017.
  5. ^ "South Africa 26–0 Italy". BBC Sport. 21 June 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  6. ^ a b "England 36–11 Italy". BBC Sport. 7 February 2009. Retrieved 8 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Ireland maintain their unbeaten start to Six Nations". Times Online. 15 February 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2009.
  8. ^ "Scotland 26 Italy 6: Simple for Simon as Hadden's men get off the mark". Daily Mail. 1 March 2009. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  9. ^ Drabble, Joe (28 February 2009). "Spoon looms for Azzurri". Sky Sports. Retrieved 4 March 2009.
  10. ^ Cain, Nick (15 March 2009). "Wales endure red-face day". Times Online. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  11. ^ Davies, Sean (14 March 2009). "Italy 15–20 Wales". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 March 2009.
  12. ^ Standley, James (21 March 2009). "Italy 8–50 France". BBC Sport. Retrieved 28 March 2009.
  13. ^ Gilhooly, Daniel (28 June 2009). "All Blacks Disappoint In Stuttering Win". Retrieved 9 November 2013.

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