Fabio Ongaro

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Fabio Ongaro
Date of birth (1977-09-23) September 23, 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Mestre
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 229 lb (104 kg)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Rugby Casale
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2000–2012  Italy 80 (25)

Fabio Ongaro (born 23 September 1977 in Venice) is an Italian rugby union footballer. Although he now plays as a hooker, he played in the Italian youth teams as a flanker.


Ongaro first played for Rugby Casale (1994/95-1997/98), spending the most prolific time of his career at Benetton Rugby Treviso (1998/99-2005/06), where he won 5 Italian Championships (1998/99, 2000/01, 2002/03, 2003/04 and 2005/06), a Cup of Italy (2004/05) and a Supercup (2006). He moved to Saracens, in England, where he played from 2006/07 to 2009/10. He has played for Aironi since 2010/11.[1]

Ongaro won his first cap in 2000 when the Azzurri played against Canada in Rovigo, in a 17–22 loss. Ongaro played every match for Italy in the 2003 World Cup. He scored the crucial try that helped beat Scotland 20–14 in Rome in the 2004 Six Nations Championship. His rise to the top peaked in November 2004 when he was named as Italy captain in place of the injured Marco Bortolami. He played 2 matches at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He has been a regular player at the Six Nations since 2003. He played his last international match for Italy against Scotland on 17 March 2012.[2]

Doping allegations

In 2003 Ongaro, alongside fellow international Gianluca Faliva, had been accused of having made use of Epoetin beta (NeoRecormon) for doping purposes.[3][4] In 2009 the trial was concluded with a sentence of absolution for Faliva and Ongaro, as no proof of either of them using or detaining the doping substance could be presented.[5]


  1. http://www.northlondon-today.co.uk/tn/Sport.cfm?id=17685&headline=Brits%20cleared%20to%20play%20in%20final%20but%20Venter%20handed%20touchline%20ban
  2. http://www.rbs6nations.com/en/matchcentre/20865.php
  3. Eugenio Capodacqua (2003-04-17). "Doping substance found (in Italian)". Repubblica. Retrieved 2009-08-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Giuseppe Guastella & Giuseppe Toti (2003-04-17). "Doping blitz made by the Police (in Italian)". Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 2010-09-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Trial closed (in Italian)". Associazione Italiana Rugbysti. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-08-17.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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