Immediate former Kenya Under 20 back Michele Brighetti played in the dying minutes of Italy’s Under 20 Six Nations opener against Wales on 1 February.
Barthes Cup winner with Kenya Under 20 made the cut to the 23-man squad and was introduced by Italian Under 20 National Team Technical Manager Fabio Roselli at the 78th minute replacing winger Michael Mba. Italy won the clash 17-7.
Brighetti was eligible to play for Italy as he was yet make a debut for the Kenya Simbas. World Rugby regulations (Regulation 8), allows a player who has not featured in a senior national side to appear for a different country if he meets the eligibility criteria to do so.
The player should have been born in the country he seeks to play for or have at least one parent or grandparent born in the country. The player should have ‘completed thirty six consecutive months of residence immediately preceding the time of playing’.
Michele is a son of former Nondies player Marco Brighetti and has been with the Accademia Nazionale “Ivan Francescato” in Italy since 2019. He was included in the Italian junior squad two weeks ago.
Despite featuring for the under 20 he still eligible to play for Kenya Simbas until he makes Italy senior team debut.
Matteo Drudi scored a try while Paolo Garbisi scored belted in four penalties for the win.