The blue Ange Capuozzo, who currently plays in France in Toulouse, has been awarded as ‘revelation player of the year’ for 2022 by World Rugby, the international body of the oval ball which today assigns its awards. The 22-year-old Italian-Frenchman immediately stood out, scoring two tries on his debut for the Azzurri, against Scotland, in less than 40 minutes of play. He also scored two tries in the test match last November 12 against Australia, contributing decisively to Italrugby’s 28-27 success.
The President of World Rugby, Sir Bill Beaumont, presented the award to Ange Capuozzo in the presence of Fir president Marzio Innocenti, team manager Giovanbattista Venditti, his national team mate Edoardo Padovani – candidate for the goal of the year – and representatives Italians at the International Rugby Players Association Leonardo Ghiraldini and Giada Franco. The 23-year-old full-back originally from Grenoble was the protagonist of the Italrugby international season, making his debut for Italy in March against Scotland in Rome, immediately scoring two tries, and triggering the action that launched Edoardo Padovani the following week in Cardiff towards the goal of victory at the Principality. Two goals also on 12 November, in Florence, in the Azzurri’s victory over Australia, for a total of five tries in his first seven appearances: the last one yesterday, in Genoa, against South Africa.
“There are no suitable words to describe the emotion I’m feeling now. It’s a great honor for me to receive this recognition – says Capuozzo – which comes following the results achieved with the blue shirt. If I was first included in the squad nominations and then chosen as the best revelation of the year, thanks also to all the people who supported me: staff, teammates and my family. I share this award with the entire Italian rugby movement, which in recent weeks has feel strongly and decisively their support for the national team”.
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