Marco Bortolami

“You need courage to pursue your dreams …
and patience to improve every day “

I tackle, I roll, I’m tired but I get right back up.

We all dream when we are kids.
We dream of becoming astronauts, firemen, doctors, rugby champions… and many other things.
What separates a real dream from everything else, however, is that it seems almost impossible to achieve.
When we imagine the impossible, when we don’t really know which way to go to reach the goal, that’s when we are really dreaming.

A dream, however, has to be crystal-clear to have a chance of being fulfilled. We have to be able to clearly visualize that image.

Bortolami retired from the game in May 2016, quickly took over as Kieran Crowley’s assistant coach at Benetton and led the Treviso team to an unexpected victory in the season-ending competition before being named his successor, then becoming head coach, and taking the reins of Italy. He assembled an impressive team around him.

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Born in Padua on June 12, 1980, he began his rugby career with Petrarca Padova where he played until 2004. After finishing high school he enrolled in a mechanical engineering degree program at the University of Padua. After a two-year stint in France with Narbonne, he moved to Gloucester in 2006. Marco made his debut for the Italian national team at the age of 20, and has played 114 games with the national uniform, an all-time record reached on February 14, 2015 against England in the 6 Nations tournament.

In 2001 at only 21, he became the youngest captain in international rugby history in the match against the All Blacks, in which he scored his first try in the Italian uniform. The powerful second row was named captain of Gloucester Rugby (UK) on debut and was recognized as a world-class lock during four years at Kingsholm.

He returned to Italy in 2010 to play for Aironi in their first season in the Celtic League and moved to Zebre when they entered the PRO12 in 2012. On June 9, 2012 against Argentina he made a record 38 appearances as Italy captain, having led the national team to historic successes in the 6 Nations such as the two consecutive wins over Scotland and Wales in 2007, and the first victory on Argentine soil against the Pumas in 2006.

Il rugby

Rugby is an extraordinary sporting discipline in which there is a need to combine many antithetical aspects with each other, from a physical, technical and mental point of view. The balance of all these aspects ensures optimal performance.

Rugby always remains a combat sport that challenges each individual person to the point where his or her instincts emerge. The ability to shape the behaviors of individual players under pressure and to be in control of the deepest part of their minds allows a group of individuals to transform into a solid block, willing to “fight” for any goal!

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I temi

    Support, how to pass and receive the “ball,” what makes a group of people a team;
    What techniques are used to engage individuals and develop accountability;
    How to develop a positive work environment while maintaining the highest standards of performance, positive does not mean easy!
    How to approach the analysis of error in order for it to become a time for growth and learning;
    How to communicate effectively under pressure, training to keep focus so that change can be managed
    How to maximize a team’s most important resource.

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