Full name Leonardo Lorenzo Ghiraldini
Born December 26, 1984, Padova
Current age 29 years 300 days
Major teams Barbarians, Benetton Treviso, Calvisano, Italy A, Leicester Tigers, Italy
Height 6 ft 0 in
Weight 218 lb
|IRB Rugby World Cup||2007-2011||4||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||2||0||50.00|
|Test debut||Japan v Italy at Tokyo, Jun 11, 2006 match details|
|Last Test||Japan v Italy at Tokyo, Jun 21, 2014 match details|
|Test Statsguru||Main menu | Career summary | Match list | Most points | Most tries | Tournament list|
Italy hooker Leonardo Ghiraldini joined Calvisano from his hometown club Padua in 2005, and made a surprise international debut against Japan during Italy's 2006 summer tour.
Having previously represented Italy at U18, U19, U21 and A level, Ghiraldini has been hailed by many as one of Italy's stars of the future. He made his World Cup bow against Portugal at the 2007 tournament before stamping his authority on the Italy hooker's jersey during the 2008 Six Nations.
Ghiraldini was on hand to score a controversial late try to defeat Argentina in the summer of 2008.
Having started four of Italy's five games during the 2011 Six Nations - Ghiraldini will hope to be a key part of Italy's squad for the World Cup. Ghiraldini has been named in the 30-man squad and will journey back to Treviso following the conclusion of the tournament.