HISTORY MAKER SARA BARATTIN BECOMES FIRST ITALIAN WOMAN TO PLAY 100 TEST MATCHES

HISTORY MAKER SARA BARATTIN BECOMES FIRST ITALIAN WOMAN TO PLAY 100 TEST MATCHES

Italian scrum-half Sara Barattin became only the eighth female player in history to reach the 100 international test cap landmark when Italy played Ireland at the weekend.

Sara Barattin has joined 7 other women: Tamara Taylor (Eng), Rochelle Clarke (Eng), Amy Garnet (Eng), Sarah Hunter (Eng), Katy Daley-Mclean (Eng), Donna Kennedy (Scot) and Louise Rickard (Wal) who have achieved this astonishing feat.

The resilience, determination and character Sara has shown to represent Italy at the highest level is nothing short of incredible. She made her debut as a replacement against Germany in April 2005 and currently has 14 international tries to her name. The Italian legend is already the top appearance-maker in Women’s Six Nations history, having played 68 games in the Championship during her illustrious career.

I am honoured and proud to be the first Azzurra to reach the 100th cap and I hope to be able to pass on my passion for rugby to the next generations,” explained Barattin. “I never thought of this milestone as a goal, when it comes to my sport career: I just wanted to overtake Michela Tondinelli (87 caps)! “This moment is for my grandmother, for Serena, who has been helping me with my preparation for eight years, and for the team groups with whom I have shared every single moment, on and off the pitch.”

Everybody here is really excited and honoured to welcome Sara into the Rugby Centurions Club family.