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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Bergamasco To Sacramento, Fathers Assistant in SF


PRO Rugby has announced a couple of moves this afternoon. The first involves Mirco Bergamasco joining Sacramento for the upcoming season and second is Simon Fathers being named an assistant coach in San Francisco. 

Bergamasco has been capped 89 times by Italy in addition to a long career in Europe. He's the first player announced by the league as well as the first of what is expected to be about 10 international players. Bergamasco can play in the back three as well as in the centers, his normal position. He can also kick goals, like he did against the Eagles at the 2011 World Cup. He will be heading to Sacramento.

Fathers has been tabbed as an assistant in San Francisco, joining head coach Paul Keeler and assistant Adriaan Ferris. He has worked with SFGG and with Argentina's national team.

Take the jump to see the releases by PRO Rugby.

Welcome a legend of Italian rugby to the inaugural season of PRO Rugby North America: Mirco Bergamasco. Capped 89 times by Italy’s national team, the Azzurri, Mirco had a long and successful spell with Stade Francais before playing most recently with Rovigo. Bergamasco, whose brother and father also played for their country, moved from the back three to the centers, and also has a formidable reputation as a goal-kicker. He will be playing for the Sacramento team in our inaugural 2016 season.

PRO Rugby is pleased to announce Simon Fathers as an Assistant Coach for the San Francisco team in its 2016 inaugural season. Fathers, a native of New Zealand, has worked within High Performance Strength & Conditioning environments with a number of internationally acclaimed rugby teams. Having worked with San Francisco Golden Gate, he moved on to take a role with Argentina’s National Team during the 2011 World Cup and entry into the 2012 Super Rugby competition.

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