Massimo Cuttitta. (Photograph by Steve Mitchell/EMPICS via Getty Pictures)
Ex-Italy rugby captain Massimo Cuttitta has died from Covid-19 complications, the Italian rugby federation (FIR) launched on Sunday. He became as soon as 54.
“It became as soon as with the deepest fright that the Italian Rugby Federation and the total nationwide rugby circulation discovered of the premature dying of Massimo Cuttitta,” the FIR stated in a press unlock.
A prop, Cuttitta played for Italy 70 instances between 1990 and 2000, in conjunction with 22 with the captain’s armband.
He competed in two World Cups in 1991 and 1995, and Italy’s first fits in the Six Countries match which they joined in 2000.
Born in Latina, Italy, Cuttitta spent share of his formative years in South Africa where he played rugby, alongside with his twin brother Marcello, also a dilapidated Italy world.
Returning to Italy in 1985, he played for plenty of Italian clubs sooner than becoming a member of English membership Harlequins in 1997.
After retiring as a player he worked as a scrummaging coach with Scotland, and as a professional with groups a lot like Romania, Canada and Portugal.
“Massimo became as soon as one of the most symbols of the nationwide crew who, thanks to an phenomenal generation of avid gamers, obtained get entry to to the Six Countries match with a series of unforgettable performances in the 1990s,” stated FIR president Marzio Innocenti.
“He became as soon as no longer handiest an improbable servant of Italian rugby and a in point of fact ideal interpreter of the characteristic of prop, nevertheless also an liked ambassador of our circulation international.”
The Scottish rugby federation stated on Twitter they had been “deeply saddened” to hear of Cuttitta’s passing.
Harlequins also paid tribute to their dilapidated player.
“We are extremely sad to hear of the passing of Massimo Cuttitta,” the membership stated on Twitter.
“Massimo, a prop, played a season for us in the silly 90s. Our suggestions are with his family and company.”