Italy Under 20 squad. Photo Courtesy/Italy Rugby.

Ex-Chipu youngster Michele Brighetti makes second Six Nations appearance


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Immediate former Kenya Under 20 utility back Michele Brighetti made a return to Italy under 20 matchday squad as they lost 30-29 to Scotland in a Six Nations match played in Reggio Emilia on Friday.

Brighetti started the clash off the bench and after 10 minutes of play, Kylie McGhie crossed over for Scotland’s opener. The hosts replied with a try by Manuel Zuliani with Paolo Garbisi adding the extras.

Scotland reclaimed their lead after Rufus McLean’s try was converted by Nathan Chamberlain after 22 minutes of play.  The exchange continued this time round Italy scoring through Luca Borin. Garbisi added a conversion and penalty stretching the lead to 17-12 at halftime.

In the closing half, Chamberlain trimmed the gap with a penalty before Garbisi scored and converted his own try.  Michael Mba landed the second try of the second half while Chamberlain continued to pile points for Scotland from the tee.

Robbie McCallum also scored for Scotland while Brighetti was introduced for Matteo Drudi at the 72nd minute where he played close to eight minutes. Connor Boyle late converted try was enough to earn Scotland a win.

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The defeat leaves Italy fifth on the log with six points after three rounds. They have one win which came on the opening day against Wales.  Brighetti played the final two minutes in the win.

Michele is a son of former Nondies player Marco Brighetti and has been with the Accademia Nazionale “Ivan Francescato” in Italy since 2019.

Despite featuring for the under 20 side he still eligible to play for Kenya Simbas. A senior team debut for Italy will make him ineligible to play for Kenya.

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