Tommaso Allan has made quite an impression on top flight rugby in just a few short years. Born in Vicenza, Italy to a Scottish father, rugby was always in his blood as he grew up watching his uncle John win 9 caps for Scotland and a further 13 for his native South Africa.
It was in South Africa where Tommaso was to make his first real impression on the rugby world, starring for the Western Province U19 side in their U19 Currie cup victory over the Blue Bulls. From there he moved to Perpignan, where in 2013 he finally broke through the ranks to the senior team, making his debut against Racing Metro.
An imposing presence at 10, with an eye for a gap to boot, Allan is already making a name for himself as one of the most exciting young backs in the game. Having represented Scotland at all underage levels, Allan decided to declare for his country of birth, Italy, and made his international debut against Wales in the 2014 Six Nations. In 2015 he was included in the 31-man squad to represent Italy at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Allan has been in fine form for Benetton Treviso during the 2017/18 season and has been named in Italy's 6 Nations squad and heads into the competition having already earned 33 Test caps for his country.
JW January 18
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