Luca Bigi, born on April 19, 1991, is an Italian professional rugby union player who primarily plays as a hooker for Zebre Parma in the United Rugby Championship. He has also represented Italy at the international level, making his test debut against Scotland during the 2017 Summer Internationals.
Bigi has previously played for clubs such as Valorugby Emilia, Viadana, Petrarca, and Benetton.
Bigi began his professional career playing for Viadana and Petrarca Padova. His performances caught the attention of the Benetton staff, and he signed with the Pro12 side in 2015. He remained with Benetton until the 2018-19 Pro14 season, making significant contributions to the team.
In 2015, Bigi was named in the Emerging Italy squad for the World Rugby Tbilisi Cup, showcasing his potential at the international level. He continued to progress in his career and eventually earned his first test call-up for Italy in 2017.
Bigi's performances impressed Italy head coach Conor O'Shea, and he earned six test caps in his first season of international rugby. His performances also earned him a place in Italy's squad for the 2018 Six Nations Championship.
Bigi's impressive performances continued, and he was named in Italy's squad for the 2019 Six Nations Championship, entering the tournament with three previous appearances. On August 18, 2019, he was named in the final 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, representing his country on the global stage.
In January 2020, Bigi took on the role of captain for the Italian national team, succeeding Sergio Parisse. He led Italy in the 2020 Six Nations Championship, demonstrating his leadership skills and dedication to the team. He continued as captain for the subsequent Six Nations tournaments until the 2021 edition.
Luca Bigi's powerful presence as a hooker, combined with his skills and leadership abilities, has made him an integral part of both Zebre Parma and the Italian national team. His contributions to the game have earned him respect and recognition in the world of rugby.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Bigi has been named in the squad for Italy.
|2017 - present|
|2019 - present|
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