N.O. rugby a drawcard

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They call him “Jack” to keep it simple but Giacomo Buzzone is no ordinary North Otago club rugby player.
Even by the standards of the cultural smorgasbord that is the Citizens Shield, which includes players of a dozen or more nationalities, that name sticks out.
Buzzone is a 20-year-old Italian lock enjoying a stint with the Athletic Marist club.
He has been in Oamaru since November, having been alerted to the charms of the town through a conversation with a flatmate, who had a brother here.
Buzzone hails from northeastern coastal Italy, near Rimini, where he started playing rugby at the age of 13.
“I tried a lot of sport but I just really liked rugby,” he said.
“It’s fast and really physical. I like tackling.”The biggest difference between Italian rugby and New Zealand rugby was the pace of the game, he said.
“In Italy, we play slow rugby. Very slow. It’s so fast here.”Buzzone is doing some labouring work while he is in Oamaru and is planning to stay for the whole year.
He is enjoying the lifestyle and hospitality in his adopted home.
“Oamaru is nice. I like it. It’s quiet and the people are very friendly.”Does he miss anything about Italy?“Yeah, I miss the food.”om22jack