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Ornel Gega (born 24 March 1990) is an Albanian-born Italian rugby union player. His position is hooker and he currently plays for Benetton. He was named in the Italian squad for the 2016 Six Nations Championship. He made his debut on 6 February against France[1] He is the first Albanian-born rugby union player to have featured in a major international tournament, having played for Italy at the 2016 Six Nations Championship.

Ornel Gega
Birth nameOrnel Gega
Date of birth (1990-03-24) 24 March 1990 (age 29)
Place of birthLezhë, Albania
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight103 kg (227 lb; 16 st 3 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Rugby Paese ()
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2010–13
2013–15
2015–
Petrarca
Mogliano
Benetton
46
37
24
(40)
(5)
(10)
Correct as of 12 February 2016
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2009-2010
2014-2015
2016–
Italy Under 20
Emerging Italy
Italy
7
5
15
(10)
(0)
(15)
Correct as of 27 June 2017

Had two outings during last season's tournament and has gone from strength to strength since then, figuring as a regular starter and producing a big display in November's defeat of the Springboks.

In January 2017, he was included in the Italy squad for the 2017 Six Nations Championship, in a competition where he has played 2 games before, without scoring

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "France vs Italy teams: Jacques Brunel names four debutants to start new era as Conor O'Shea waits in the wings". The Independent. 4 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.

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