Ivan Nemer rugby player
Ivan Nemer rugby player

Ivan Nemer

22nd Apr 1998 1.80m/116kg Loosehead Prop

Ivan Nemer, born on April 22, 1998, is an Argentine-born Italian professional rugby union player who primarily plays as a prop for Benetton in the United Rugby Championship. He has also represented the Italian national team in test matches.

However, it's important to note that the information you provided regarding his ban for racist behavior from January 2023 to June 2023 indicates a disciplinary issue that needs to be taken seriously.

Nemer made his test debut for Italy against New Zealand during the 2021 Autumn Nations Series. Prior to playing for Benetton, he played for clubs such as Mar del Plata.

However, it's crucial to address the incident you mentioned involving Nemer giving a banana peel to his national team mate, Cherif Traoré. This action is considered racist and deeply inappropriate. Nemer was disqualified for six months by the federal judges and, during his suspension, he will work on the Fir Migrants Project. It's worth mentioning that Nemer has waived his right to appeal the sentence.

Before joining Benetton, Nemer played age-grade rugby for Argentina, representing the country in the under-18 and under-20 levels. He hails from Mar del Plata in Buenos Aires province and started playing rugby at a young age with the Bigua Rugby Club. He also played for IPR Sporting before moving to Italy.

Nemer arrived in Italy in January as part of an arrangement between Casale Rugby and Benetton Rugby. This allowed him to train with both teams and compete in Italy's Serie A competition until the 2019-2020 season was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It's unfortunate that Nemer's career has been marred by the disciplinary issue and his ban for racist behavior. Such actions have no place in sports or society as a whole, and it's important for individuals and organizations to actively address and combat racism to create an inclusive and respectful environment.

Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Nemer has been named in the squad for Italy.



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Loosehead Prop
2020 - present
Italy Italy
Loosehead Prop
2021 - 2024