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USA forward Lou Stanfill has signed with the Vincenza Rangers rugby club in Italy.
Rugby Vincenza earned promotion from Serie B to Serie A, which is Italy’s 2nd-tier pro league, after a strong showing last year. Stanfill, who played for Mogliano in the 2010-2011 season, returns to Italy after a year playing with NYAC, where he helped them win a Super League title.
Stanfill said he really enjoyed his time at NYAC.
“It was a great season,” he told RUGBYMag.com. “That [RSL final] so long ago, but just the journey as a team was a memory in itself. It was one of the greatest teams in which I have been a part. Both the level of talent and the quality of man that made up the team and coaching staff was incredibly high. Going to training was never a chore; rather, it was an opportunity to hang out with my friends and play some ball. That’s what it was, a group of friends just playing rugby at a high level. Our cohesion as a team and the trust we had in one another made for an epic season.”
The Serie A season is expected to begin in October. Stanfill, who has played lock, flanker and No. 8 for the USA, could well show up at any of those positions for his new club.
Stanfill first started playing rugby for Jesuit HS in Sacramento, captained Jesuit and Cal, and was an All American. He was first capped in 2005, while still at Cal, and has logged 33 caps for the Eagles, and appeared in two World Cups.