Massimo Cuttitta, former scrum coach of Scotland and captain of Italy, dies in hospital in Rome at age 54 after contract Covid-19
- Former Italy captain and Scotland scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta passed away at the age of 54
- He was hospitalized in Rome after testing positive for Covid-19
- He played 70 times for Italy between 1990 and 2000 and was the captain of 22 games
Massimo Cuttitta, former Italian captain and scrum coach of Scotland, has died aged 54.
He had been hospitalized in Rome with Covid-19, the Scottish Rugby Union said in a post on its official Twitter account.
“Scottish Rugby is deeply saddened by the death of our former scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta in Scotland,” the statement read.
Massimo Cuttitta, former Italian captain and scrum coach of Scotland, has died aged 54
Marzio Innocenti, President of the Italian Rugby Federation, called him a ‘symbol’ of rugby history
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends in rugby right now.”
The Italian rugby federation confirmed his death on Sunday evening.
Cuttitta played 70 times for Italy between 1990 and 2000 and was captain of the Azzurri 22 times.
He competed in two World Cups in 1991 and 1995, and his country’s first games in the Six Nations tournament after joining the league, as it emerged from the Five Nations.
Cuttitta was hospitalized in Rome after a positive test for the coronavirus
Marzio Innocenti, president of the Italian Rugby Federation, called Cuttitta a ‘symbol’ of their rugby history.
He said: ‘Massimo was one of the symbols of the national team that, thanks to an extraordinary generation of players, gained entry to the Six Nations Tournament with a series of unforgettable performances in the 1990s.
“He was not only an incredible servant of Italian rugby and an excellent exponent of the role of support, but also a valued ambassador for our movement abroad.”
Cuttitta played for Harlequins for a while and was scrum coach of Scotland for six years from 2009.
He has also been a consultant to teams such as Romania, Canada and Portugal.