Luke McLean

Luke McLean

Luke McLean
Full name Luke Joseph McLean
Date of birth (1987-06-29) 29 June 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth Townsville, Australia
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 95 kg (209 lb; 14 st 13 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Fly-half / Fullback / Wing
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007
2007–2009
2009–
Perth Spirit
Calvisano
Treviso
4
39
68
(16)
(80)
(66)
correct as of 13 November 2013.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2008 – Italy 53 (79)
correct as of 24 November 2013.

Luke McLean (born 29 June 1987) is an Italian Australian rugby union footballer who plays at fullback and fly-half for Treviso in Italy. He has also represented the Italy national rugby union team on 50 occasions.

Background

McLean was born in Townsville, Queensland.[1] His mother's parents are both Italian; however, his grandfather had to give up his Italian citizenship to buy land in Australia.[2]

McLean attended St. Laurence's College, in South Brisbane, during his schooling years. He was College captain in 2004.

Career

Club career

McLean played for Perth Spirit in the Australian Rugby Championship before joining Italian team Calvisano in 2007, turning down a training contract with Western Force.[3]

International career

McLean was eligible for both Australia, being his country of birth, and Italy, due to his Italian grandmother.[4] He represented the Australia under-19 side, helping the side to win the World under-19 championships.[3][4]

He made his international debut for Italy against 2007 Rugby World Cup winners South Africa on 21 June 2008 in Cape Town.[5] Italy were defeated 26–0.[6]

McLean scored his first international points on his Six Nations debut in the 36–11 defeat to England at Twickenham on 7 February 2009.[7] He scored two penalties in the first-half.[7] He then played against Ireland on 15 February, scoring all of Italy's nine points, converting three penalties in the 38–9 defeat at Stadio Flaminio, Rome.[8][9] McLean scored a further three points kicking a penalty in the 26–6 defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield on 28 February.[10][11] He featured in Italy's 20–15 loss to Wales on 15 March 2008 at Stadio Flaminio, failing to score any of Italy's points.[12][13] McLean played in Italy's last Six Nations 2009 match against France on 21 March, losing 50–8.[14]

McLean played a part in Italy's two match series on tour against Australia and New Zealand in 2009, scoring the majority of Italy's points.[15]

McLean scored a try against England in the 2013 Six Nations Championship.

References

External links

  • Luke McLean player profile at rugbycalvisano.it (Italian)