Tributes have poured in for former Italy captain Massimo Cuttitta, who passed away from Covid-19 complications.
Cuttitta, who spent time playing in Durban after the 1995 World Cup, was also schooled at Pinetown Boys High School.
‘It was with the deepest dismay that the Italian Rugby Federation and the entire national rugby movement learned of the untimely death of Massimo Cuttitta,’ the FIR said in a statement.
Cuttitta played for Italy 70 times between 1990 and 2000, captaining the side on 22 occasions.
Everyone at World Rugby is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of former Italy captain, Massimo Cuttitta.
— World Rugby (@WorldRugby) April 11, 2021
Scottish Rugby is deeply saddened to hear the passing of our former Scotland scrum coach Massimo Cuttitta. He had recently been hospitalised in Rome with Covid-19 & died earlier today, aged 54. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in rugby at this time @Federugby https://t.co/FOSy7IsOtX pic.twitter.com/9UJ11wovvg
— Scottish Rugby (@Scotlandteam) April 11, 2021
On behalf of the Irish Rugby community we offer our prayers and condolences to the family & friends of the great Massimo Cuttitta. A legend of Italian Rugby @Federugby.
— Irish Rugby (@IrishRugby) April 11, 2021