Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Famous Faces Abroad - Argentine players at Bourgoin-Jallieu

On e of France´s biggest producers of international rugby players, Club Sportif Bourgoin-Jallieu Rugby, or simply Bourgoin will be the home of two players from Argentina who will both be looking to be selected for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Mendoza´s Centre / Wing Matías Viazzo will be playing his fourth concecutive season for Bourgoin. He has been a good performer for the club, usually at 13 but has been unable to break into Los Pumas. Despite having played in France since 2005, Viazzo has found it tough to impress the national selectors. Such is the strength of depth of Argentine rugby these days. Viazzo has played for Argentina A, as recently as June 2010 but so far has never represented Argentina in a test match. Argentina will be taking at least 2 players to play 13 to New Zealand 2011 and Viazzo will consider himself a good chance of being the back up to first choice Gonzalo Tiesi. This season will be critical to whether or not the 27 year old is selected. For French rugby fans it is a great chance to see players give it their all for a ticket to New Zealand. Viazzo previously played two seasons for AS Béziers.

Argentine born, flyhalf / fullback Alberto Di Bernardo will be playing his second season for Bourgoin. Despite being from Rosario, Di Bernardo is an Italian representative, having played for Italy A from 2005-2008. His first appearance was vs Tonga. He has never been selected for the national Italian side but remains a strong chance of making the squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 as he is a good goalkicker and provides cover for 10 and 15. Before playing for Bourgoin, Di Bernardo had played for three other European clubs. He played for Italian side L'Aquila in 2006, English side the Cornish Pirates from 2006-2007 and for Leeds Carnegie from 2007-2009.

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