Nick Civetta

Nick Civetta (born November 5, 1989) is an American professional rugby player currently playing for RC Vannes in the Prod2 Rugby. He plays internationally for the United States rugby team. Civetta plays as a second row.

Nick Civetta
Date of birth (1989-11-05) November 5, 1989
Place of birthScarsdale, New York, U.S.
Height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Weight118 kg (18 st 8 lb; 260 lb)
UniversityUniversity of Notre Dame
University of California, Berkeley
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock/Flanker
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
New York Athletic Club
Correct as of May 12, 2014
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Rugby Viadana
Rugby Club I Medicei [1]]
Newcastle Falcons
Doncaster Knights
Doncaster Knights
Correct as of March 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
USA Selects
United States

Correct as of 15 September 2019

College rugby

Civetta was born in White Plains, New York. Civetta's rugby career began at 18 when he began playing for the University of Notre Dame Rugby Football Club. He was named an All-American his junior and senior year. Civetta graduated with a B.S in Civil Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and a M.S. in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Club career

Civetta moved to Berkeley, CA and played for San Francisco Golden Gate RFC in the Rugby Super League in 2012. In 2013, he played with New York Athletic Club in the newly formed US Elite Cup.

In the summer of 2013, Civetta signed a contract with Rome-based Lazio playing in the National Championship of Excellence competition. After the 2013–2014 season, Civetta signed with Parma based Rugby Viadana.[2][3]

On 6 May 2016, Civetta signed for England top-flight club Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership from the 2016-17 season.[4] Civetta made his debut for Newcastle playing 58 minutes in a loss to Ospreys in the European Challenge Cup.[5]

After spending the next season on loan with the Doncaster Knights, that he permanently joined for the 2018-19 season[6].

After the world cup, Civetta joined RC Vannes on a medical joker contract.

International career

In 2012, Civetta was selected to the USA Selects that played in the 2012 Americas Rugby Championship.[7] He appeared in all three games against Argentina, Canada, and Uruguay, starting two of them.

In November 2016, Civetta made his senior USA debut against New Zealand Maori and his test debut against Romania. His second cap came the following week in a 20-17 loss against Tonga.

Civetta was selected for the USA 2019 Rugby World Cup squad. He was named a starter in three pool matches against England, France, and Tonga.


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