Full name Fabio Ongaro
Born September 23, 1977, Venezia
Current age 35 years 245 days
Major teams Aironi, Saracens, Italy
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 229 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2003-2011||9||5||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||5||0||44.44|
|Test debut||Italy v Canada at Rovigo, Nov 11, 2000 match details|
|Last Test||Italy v Scotland at Rome, Mar 17, 2012 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Hooker Fabio Ongaro made his Test debut for Italy against Canada in 2000, but found international recognition hard to come by in following seasons as he played second-fiddle to the more experienced Alessandro Moscardi.
Ongaro's break came at the 2003 Rugby World Cup, where thanks to the absence of Moscardi he was able to start all four of Italy's tournament matches. He continued his good form through the 2004 Six Nations and after he scored his maiden Test try against Scotland during the tournament he was handed the honour of captaining Italy during that season's autumn internationals.
He spent the early part of his career with Italian Super 10 side Benetton Treviso, before switching to English Premiership side Saracens in 2006. His most recent move took him back to Italy with Aironi ahead of their debut season in the Magners League.
Ongaro will vie with Leonardo Ghiraldini for a place in Italy's starting XV in the forthcoming World Cup.