Six Nations 2015: Enrico Bacchin focused on dream Italy debut
Benetton Treviso centre looking to repay Italy head coach Jacques Brunel's faith as he makes his international debut against Scotland
Enrico Bacchin is focused on making first impressions count when he makes his Italy debut against Scotland on Saturday.
The Benetton Treviso centre was drafted in ahead of the third round of the RBS 6 Nations after Andrea Masi picked up a calf tear while playing for Wasps.
I never thought I would make it but I’m just trying to concentrate on the chance that I have been given.
Bacchin is one of six changes to the side that showed a lot of heart, but were easily defeated by England two weeks ago.
It is a rapid rise to Test match rugby for the 22-year-old, who has made just 18 appearances for Treviso, having spent most of last season playing in Italy’s national championship and Amlin Challenge Cup for Mogliano with three appearances for Treviso.
He has featured against some of Europe’s big clubs this season including Racing Metro and Northampton Saints in the European Champions Cup, and against both Scottish clubs in this season’s Guinness PRO12.
And Bacchin admits he didn’t think he’d get the chance to realise a dream to represent the Azzurri.
“I did not think I could reach this level,” Bacchin said.
“Just look where I was three years ago, or even just last year.
“I never thought I would make it, but I’m just trying to concentrate on the chance that I have been given.”
“I’m really honoured to play in the RBS 6 Nations, for me this is a dream come true.”
“It is the year of the World Cup, that is true, but for now I just look at what awaits me and that’s the match on Saturday.”
With Masi joining Michele Campagnaro on the sidelines, Bacchin lines up alongside Treviso partner Luca Morisi, who impressed against England at Twickenham with two tries in their 47-17 defeat.
Head coach Jacques Brunel admitted earlier in the week that the Treviso duo were the logical choice for the visit to BT Murrayfield, the scene of Italy’s only away win in the championship back in 2007.
“I’ve only played with Luca since this year, but we have a great understanding,” Bacchin added.
“We want to play the way we know how and be calm.
“We will go there determined to play a good game, knowing that we will face a difficult test against Scotland.”