Hall of Fame Inductee - Diego DomÃ*nguez

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    Full Name: Diego Dominguez [​IMG]
    D.O.B: 25 April, 1966
    Position: Fly Half
    Country: Italy (74 caps, 983 points) and Argentina (2 caps, 27 points)
    Clubs: Amatori Rugby Milano and Stade FrançaisItalian rugby has grown at a remarkable rate over recent years. Now firmly established as a competitive team in the 6 nations Italy continues to go from strength to strength. Despite this being probably their best ever team most beleive that Italy's entry into the 6 Nations coincided with the end of one of their greatest ever player's careers, a man who in no small part helped to bring to their current state, Diego Dominguez.

    In a Hugely prolific career Dominguez notched up 998 international points including 9 nine tries in his 73 italian caps as well as 2 for argentina.

    Dominguez was born in Cordoba, Argentina in 1966. Despite his considerable talents his first team chances were limited due to the presance of Argentinian great Hugo Porto. He would gain two caps coming off the bench against Chile and Paraguay scoring 27 points

    In 1990 Dominguez moved to Italy, playing with Milanese club Amatori Rugby Milano. Such were the nature of his performances he was soon called up to the Italian national side for whom he was eligable due to his great grandfather. Diego would make his first appearance at 12 against a French XV and would appear in this position for Italy's next two tests before being moved to 10 for the 1991 world cup. It was at this tournament that Dominguez started to establish himself on the international scene, scoring 29 points in a group also featuring New Zealand and the Hosts England.

    Dominguez would be instrumental in Italys 22-12 victory over ireland in the summer of 95' scoring 17 points and securing a famous win for italy. At the world cup later in the year Dominguez was central to the Italian's campaign helping them to push England all the way and scoring a try in a victory over his native Argentina.

    At time Diego was also enjoying a healthy club career helping Amatori Rugby Milano to win 4 league titles and a coppa Italia before leaving for Stade Francais in 1997 where he would twice reach the Heineken Cup final only to see his side fall at the final hurdle on both occasions.

    On the international scene things continued to improve for Dominguez and Italy, powered by his famous partnership with Scrum half Alessandro Troncon. Between the years 1995 and 98 Italy would beat Ireland, France, Scotland and Wales resulting in their entry into the expanded 6 Nations. In their First year they
    shocked Scotland with a 34-20 victory, Dominguez scoring a massive 29 points. This was a much needed boost for Italian Rugby after a shocking world cup the year before.

    After The 6 Nations Dominguez announced his retirement from the international game however was persuaded to stay on till 2003 such was his value to Italy. Following the 03' season Diego retired from rugby having been a faithful servant for his club and country. He shall be remembered as a great goal kicker and an excellent all round player worthy of recognition. He shall long be remembered in Italian rugby circles and beyond.

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