Zebre second-rower Marco Bortolami, who recently announced his retirement from the game, has admitted he wants to take up coaching as a career.
The former Italy captain signed off in emphatic form after the PRO12 side secured a 47-22 victory over fellow Italian side Treviso on Saturday.
Bortolami amassed 112 Test caps for his country which include three World Cups and 11 Six Nations tournaments since making his debut in 2001.
“I was very emotional. Thank you to everyone, I am happy,” Bortolami told the Six Nations official website.
“I will have another challenge in the world of rugby as a coach, I feel this new profession is my passion.”
The former Gloucester lock captained Italy 39 times in a career which spanned over 15 years.
Dragons formed a guard of honor for the veteran lock forward as a sign of respect for the centurion’s illustrious career.
“I thought a lot of other roads to take; rugby gives me strength and I want to remain by the side of these players and serve them with my experience.”