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Up close and personal with Marco Bortolami

Guinness PRO12 Editor

4 Oct 2010

Italian lock Marco Bortolami is Aironi’s Magners League Ambassador this season. Here’s your first chance to get to know him just a little bit better…

Did you know?

30-year-old Marco has returned to his native Italy to play for Magners League new boys Aironi this season after spells in France and Egland.

He made his full international debut against Namibia in June 2001 aged just 20. At the age of 21, Bortolami was named Italy’s youngest ever captain.

Marco played for is hometown club Padova before moving to French side Narbonne. His performances on the international stage saw Gloucester sign the Italian captain in 2006 and he stayed at Kingsholm for four years before moving back to Italy.

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Night out or night in: Definitely night in.

Sun, sea or safari:

Rock and roll, rap or reggae: Rock and roll.

Rent the movie or read the book: Read the book.

CD or download: Download.


Rugby memory & live game watched: Going with my father aged seven to watch my local side Padova play Milan. I can remember David Campese playing for Milan!

Club: Padova.

Senior try: I can only remember my first international try. That was against the All Blacks in New Zealand when I was 21 and it was my first game as captain.

Injury: When I was 20 I damaged all the nerves in my arm and was out for a long time.


TV series I was glued to: Desperate Housewives.

Meal cooked: Mushroom risotto and horse steaks.

Song bought or downloaded: I can’t remember as there are so many.


Magners League ground: Liberty Stadium.

Magners League memory: My first start for Aironi against the Ospreys.

International player: Imanol Harinordoquy.

Sport outside rugby: Golf.

Room mate: Nobody!

To hear more from Marco throughout the season, keep your eye on the Ambassadors section of this website.