International Hooker Festuccia joins Zebre

Guinness PRO12 Editor

9 Jul 2012

Zebre inform that 32-year-old hooker Carlo Festuccia, 53 times an italian international, has signed a two-year deal with the team.

L'Aquila-born number two completes the new italian franchise team front row, bringing further experience to the Zebre scrum and increasing the number of Azzurri who will take part in the 2012/13 Rabodirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup campaign with the black-and-white jersey.

"For a young and new side as Zebre – forwards coach Vincenzo Troiani said – Carlo's enormous experience is priceless. He won a ProD2 championship in France with Racing-Metro Paris, played Top14 and Heineken Cup rugby on regular basis and since 2003 he has been frequently part of the italian national team. He will be very important for our pack and he will contribute to the growth of two young, interesting hookers as Davide Giazzon and Andrea Manici".

"I'm very happy I'll continue to play my rugby in Parma, a city I'm very grateful to both from sport and personal point of view. I can't wait to play Rabodirect PRO12 and Heineken Cup again. Last June I won a new selection for Italy after one year of absence, playing for Zebre I'll do my best to help coaches and teammates develop the team and to keep playing for Italy" Festuccia said.

Festuccia will join Zebre summer camp in Parma on Monday, July 16th.