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Italy’s Lorenzo Dalle Piagge earns invite to CFL combine

FLORENCE, Italy – Defensive lineman Lorenzo Dalle Piagee has been extended an invitation to showcase his skills for Canadian Football League (CFL) general managers, coaches and scouts in Toronto for the CFL Combine from March 26-28. Dalle Piagee was one of 26 players who participated in the CFL Global Combine in Italy conducted in association with the Federazione Italiana di American Football (FIDAF).

“FIDAF personnel conducted a very well executed combine. Our thanks to all the athletes who participated in the first-ever combine in Italy,” said CFL Senior Director, Football Operations, Ryan Janzen. “It has been incredible to see the worldwide passion for gridiron football as we near the halfway point of the Global Combine tour.”

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The Florence event marked the fourth global combine this year with six remaining.

Italian defensive lineman Lorenzo Dalle Piagee (Photo courtesy FIDAF)

“This is a great opportunity for Italian players and a fundamental moment of growth for our federation. Florence saw us take another big step forward in our important partnership with the CFL,” added FIDAF president Leoluca Orlando.

“The FIDAF-CFL Combine offers the chance to showcase our players’ talents in the hope that some of them can, one day, step out onto the prominent stage of the Canadian championship while also enabling the many Italians living in Canada to experience the joy and pride of cheering on their fellow countrymen.”

The CFL will announce the full list of global players invited to Toronto following the completion of the 10 Global Combines prior to the 2020 CFL Global Draft on April 16.

EARLY GLOBAL PLAYER INVITEES TO THE CFL COMBINE

Global Combine Players
Finland Micky Kyei
Sebastien Sagne
Sweden William James
France Anthony Mahoungou
Tony Anderson
Italy Lorenzo Dalle Piagee

During the 2019 season, CFL rosters featured, for the first time ever, one designated ‘global player’ from outside the U.S. and Canada on each team’s active roster and as many as two more on their practice rosters. In 2020, the number of global players per team will increase to two on the active roster and up-to-three on the practice roster, with as many as 45 global players competing in the league.

CFL GLOBAL COMBINE SCHEDULE

Date Location
January 25 Bristol, England
January 26 Frankfurt, Germany
February 1 Tokyo, Japan
February 2 Osaka, Japan
February 29 Copenhagen, Denmark
March 15 Mexico City, Mexico