Oxford MailRUGBY UNION: Italian signings are just the job for Chinnor (From Oxford Mail)

Get involved: send your photos, videos, news & views by texting OXFORD NEWS to 80360 or email us

Report this comment
  • "Seemingly no longer a 'village' side then."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.


  • Enter the above word in the box below

RUGBY UNION: Italian signings are just the job for Chinnor

Oxford Mail: Chinnor coach Matt Williams is excited by his Italian signings Chinnor coach Matt Williams is excited by his Italian signings

Chinnor have completed their Italian job with the signings of international props Tino Paoletti and Simone Carloni.

Director of rugby Matt Williams was delighted to capture the duo, who follow Junior Fatialofa in joining the ambitious National 2 South club.

Tighthead prop Paoletti has been capped 18 times by Italy, and comes to Chinnor as a scrum coach as well as a player from Rugby Lyons Piacenza in the Italian Serie A.

Carloni, who played rugby league for his country, arrives from Serie A rugby union outfit Amatori Alghero.

Paoletti, who is 6ft tall and 20st 6lb, has previously played for French Top 14 team La Rochelle, as well as Newcastle Falcons, Plymouth Albion and Italian clubs Overmach Parma and Rugby Roma.

The 36-year-old made his full Test debut for Italy in the Six Nations win over Scotland in February 2000, starting every match in the tournament that year.

Chinnor director of rugby, Matt Williams, said of his new recruit: “Tino has been a long time family friend and I have watched him over many years dismantle opposition scrums at every level from the Heineken Cup to Leeds on a cold Friday night in the Premiership.

“I am very excited to finally be able to work with him on a professional level too.”

Paoletti, speaking from Italy, added: “My family have all moved to London, and England has always been kind to me.

“I’m really excited to be coming back and working with my friend.

“I will give my all to Chinnor and I hope it can be my home for the future.”

Carloni, 26, has joined after a glowing reference from his former manager.

Williams said: “Simone was highly-recommended to me by his previous coach.

“He is a very hard man and arrives with a good ball-carrying reputation. He is also very quick.”

Carloni made his debut for the Italian national rugby league team in June against World Select Barbarians and was man of the match.

But he now wants to focus his attentions on becoming a big name in rugby union.

“Having played a full season rotating between a No 3 and No 1 prop, I am excited to be under the tutelage of Tino,” he said.

“He is a great player and I hope I can be a big service to Chinnor.”

Williams added: “With the retention of Joe Winpenny as well as Ricky Cano, and Stocky (Ian Stock) back from injury, we now have great strength in depth which is key at prop.”

Matthew Dye has taken over as captain of newly-promoted Bicester.

Dye replaces Dan Spencer as skipper of the side that next season will play in Southern Counties North.

Latest Sport news

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: July 28 live action

Oxford Mail: Oxford City's Hannah England

10:03am Monday 28th July 2014

All the Oxfordshire action from Glasgow 2014 where Hannah England begins her 1,500m campaign

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: England reaches 1,500m final

Oxford Mail: Hannah England  with captain British team

1:11pm Monday 28th July 2014

OXFORD'S Hannah England reached tomorrow night's 1,500m final at Glasgow 2014 after finishing fourth in a surprisingly quick heat today.

Oxford United sign Bolton full back Joe Riley on loan

Oxford Mail: Joe Riley

10:59am Monday 28th July 2014

OXFORD United have signed Bolton Wanderers full back Joe Riley on loan until January.

COMMONWEALTH GAMES: French rues just missing out on gold medal

Oxford Mail:

9:20am Monday 28th July 2014

Matt French admitted he had been unlucky to secure only a silver medal at Glasgow 2014.

CRICKET: Oxford crash after shattering collapse

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Oxford lost seven wickets for just one run in an extraordinary collapse at home Serious Cricket Home Counties Premier League Division 1 leaders High Wycombe on Saturday.

CRICKET: Foster's magnificent seven fires up Horspath

Oxford Mail: Pat Foster took seven wickets Horspath pipped Amersham

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Pat Foster’s second seven-wicket haul of the season saw Horspath crush Cove by eight wickets to slash the gap on Division 2 leaders Reading to just three points.

CRICKET: Barrett smashes ton as Shipton shock Reading

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Joe Barrett hit a sparkling century to set Shipton-under-Wychwood on the way to a stunning six-wicket home win over Serious Cricket Home Counties League Division 2 leaders Reading on Saturday.

CRICKET: Brock's six of the best boost Tew

Oxford Mail: Great & Little Tew’s Lloyd Brock bowled tidily in their home clash with Cove, before his unbeaten 42 helped them to a draw

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Lloyd Brock returned Home Counties League club record figures of 6-39 as Great & Little Tew moved out of the Division 2 relegation zone with a comfortable six-wicket win at fellow strugglers Falkland.

RESULTS: July 26

Oxford Mail: rugby generic

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Rugby League result

RESULTS: July 26

Oxford Mail: cricket generic

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

OCA League results

Local Businesses

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree