Full name Andrea Marcato
Born April 17, 1983, Padova
Current age 31 years 345 days
Major teams Benetton Treviso, Calvisano, Italy A, Italy
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 198 lb
|Test debut||Japan v Italy at Tokyo, Jun 11, 2006 match details|
|Last Test||Italy v France at Rome, Mar 21, 2009 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Tournament list|
Italian fly-half Andrea Marcato has gone some way to filling the void left by Diego Dominguez in the Italian national team.
Marcato made his full international debut against Japan in 2006, but was not selected for the 2007 Rugby World Cup under coach Pierre Berbizier. His fortunes changed under new Italy boss Nick Mallett, who selected him in the squad for the 2008 Six Nations.
Marcato featured in all five games, but often at fullback as Mallett experimented with Biarritz centre Andrea Masi at fly-half. Marcato provided Italy's best moment of the tournament when his last-minute drop-goal defeated Scotland at the Stadion Flaminio.
Mallett selected Marcato for Italy's summer tour in 2008 and after playing in a heavy loss to the Springboks he was again Italy's saviour as he kicked a last-minute penalty to defeat Argentina.
Marcato was also a key part of Italy's autumn internationals, but the side experienced a tough time with losses to Australia, Argentina and the Pacific Islands.
Scrum Staff December 2008