Sunday, June 27, 2010

Famous Faces Abroad - Argentine players in the Magners League

The upcoming 2010-2011 Magners League will be expanded from ten to twelve teams with two Italian teams, Aironi and Benetton Treviso, entering the competition. The tournament will also feature more players from Argentina which will give fans in all four Magners League countries the chance to see Argentine players in action.

Scottish rugby´s big performer of the 2009-2010 season, the Glasgow Warriors will have two Pumas in their squad for the new season. Former Pumas fullback, Bernardo Stortoni, will be playing his fourth season for the club and will be joined by centre / wing, Federico Martín Aramburu who joins the club after playing in France for the past six years for Biarritz, Perpignan and Dax. Stortoni was dropped from Los Pumas in 2008 and has since not been selected for the national team. Aramburu, was dropped for the 2010 June Tests but played wing for Argentina A vs France. Aramburu scored two tries at Rugby World Cup 2007 - one vs Georgia and one vs France in the Bronze Final.

After three years in France playing for Toulon, Pumas second-rower Esteban Lozada has left the club to join Edinburgh. Capped 16 times for Argentina, Lozada will be looking for a strong season, like Aramburu, to try to get back into favour with Pumas coach, Santiago Phelan.

Italian powerhouses, Benetton Treviso will have two Argentine players - hooker Diego Vidal and prop Augusto Allori. Neither player has played for Los Pumas. The team will also have Argentine born and current first choice Italian centre, Gonzalo Garcia.

The second new addition to the Magners League, Aironi have signed Argentine prop, Matías Agüero from Saracens. Agüero, like Garcia plays for Italy not his country of origin, Argentina.

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