Guinness PRO12: Simone Favaro excited to join Glasgow Warriors

Italy forward joins the Treviso exodus after agreeing a two-year deal to move to last year's finalists in the summer

Simone Favaro is excited for the new chapter of his career after agreeing a two-year deal with Glasgow Warriors.

The 26-year-old Italian international will swap his home club Benetton Treviso to join last season’s PRO12 finalists side in the summer.

I believe I can become an even better player working with the coaches in Glasgow and I’m looking forward to continuing my development in Scotland when I move there in the summer.

Simone Favaro

A versatile back-row forward, who can play at blinside or openside, if he can stay free of injury he will compete with Scottish international quartet Rob Harley, Ryan Wilson, Chris Fusaro and Tyrone Holmes for a starting place at Scotstoun Stadium.

After stints at Rovigo and Parma, his professional career began with Aironi when they joined the Celtic League, before moving Treviso in 2012.

And the 6ft, 103kg bruising flanker believes he can continue to develop as a player in Glasgow after playing all of his club career in Italy.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to play overseas,” said Favaro.

“I’ve played in Italy all of my career, so this is a new challenge for me.

“Glasgow Warriors are one of the top sides in the Guinness PRO12 and have performed well in Europe this season.

“I believe I can become an even better player working with the coaches in Glasgow and I’m looking forward to continuing my development in Scotland when I move there in the summer.

“At the moment my focus is on playing for my country in the RBS 6 Nations and then helping Benetton Treviso finish as high up the league as possible.”

Favaro, who has 23 senior international caps, was one of the first players to come through l’Accademia Federale di Tirrenia.

Simone has played regularly in the Guinness PRO12 and in Europe and has more than 20 caps for his country, so he’ll bring a lot of experience when he joins us in the summer.

Gregor Townsend

At 20, he became the youngest player to be named in Nick Mallett’s squad for the 2009 RBS 6 Nations. While he wouldn’t feature in the championship, he did start in Italy A’s 22-22 draw against Scotland A at McDiarmid Park, Perth in February.

His senior international debut arrived that summer against Australia in Melbourne, where he put in a storming shift from openside, including 21 tackles and three lineout steals, in a 34-12 defeat and he made a cameo off the bench at blindside in their defeat to New Zealand a week later.

Favaro’s international ambitions have been thwarted by a series of injuries since stepping up from age-grade and Sevens rugby in 2009, notably ruling him out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup and their summer tour to South Africa in 2013 after establishing himself as an important part of Jacques Brunel’s side in 2012.

He scored his only try for his country in a 24-13 win over Samoa in Ascoli Piceno last November as the Azzurri ended a nine-match losing streak and is in the Italy squad for this year’s RBS 6 Nations, but has not featured in their defeats to Ireland and England.

“Simone is an excellent signing for the club and he’ll add more depth and competition for places in the back row,” said Warriors head coach Gregor Townsend.

“He is a very committed player who tackles low and competes hard for ball in contact.

“Simone has played regularly in the Guinness PRO12 and in Europe and has more than 20 caps for his country, so he’ll bring a lot of experience when he joins us in the summer.

“I believe he will develop further within our environment and with the ability of playing at either 6 or 7, he’s going to increase our options in the back row.”

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