Italy’s Alessandro Zanni retires from rugby to coach at Benetton

Italy’s Alessandro Zanni has retired from playing rugby and will join the coaching staff at Benetton, the club he has been at since 2009.

Zanni, who won 119 caps for the Azzurri, is the country’s second-most capped player alongside Martin Castrogiovanni and behind Sergio Parisse.

The 36-year-old made his Italy debut in 2005.

Zanni appeared in four Rugby World Cups and played 54 times in the Six Nations.

“I’ve always worked to return the trust shown in me by the coaches who gave me the privilege of wearing the national team shirt. At 36, it’s time to look beyond that,” Zanni said in a statement from the Italian rugby federation.

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