The Italian Rugby Federation announced this Sunday the death of the former international pillar Massimo Cuttitta, ex-captain of the selection in the 1990s.
Former Italian XV mainstay Massimo Cuttitta, also a former forward coach of the Scotland team, died Sunday at the age of 54, following complications related to Covid-19, announced the Italian Rugby Federation.
“It is with deep emotion that the Federation and all of Italian rugby have learned of the untimely death of Massimo Cuttitta,” she said in a statement.
Cuttitta wore the colors of Italy between 1990 and 2000, playing 70 games including 22 as captain. He had notably played two World Cups (1991 and 1995) and the Azzurri’s very first matches in the Six Nations Tournament, which Italy joined in 2000.
Former Scotland forwards coach
Born in Italy, Massimo Cuttitta spent his childhood and adolescence in South Africa where he played rugby. Back in Italy in 1985, he played for several Italian clubs before joining the Harlequins in London in 1997.
After his career, he had coached forwards in several clubs and within the Scottish team, then advised some emerging selections such as Romania, Canada or Portugal, recalls the Federation.
The Scottish Federation also expressed on Twitter its “deep sadness” after the announcement of this disappearance.