Pumas second-rower, Mariano Galarza, has signed to play this season for Leinster in the Magners League and Heineken Cup. He will be playing for the former team of Pumas captain, Felipe Contepomi and will be the only Pumas player playing in Ireland. Galarza was spotted early on and selected as a 22 year old to tour with Los Pumas in 2008 to France, Italy and Ireland. He, however, did not play any of the matches. He had to wait until June 12, 2010 to make his test debut as a replacement vs Scotland. He also played vs France two weeks latter, again as a replacement. Galarza is highly rated by Pumas coach, Santiago Phelan, and his move to one of the best teams in the world will help him dramatically in his quest to be selected for Rugby World Cup 2011.
Galarza will join Leinster from his Argentine club, Universidade de La Plata. He played in the 2010 Vodacom Cup in South Africa for Los Pamas XV as did fellow Pumas second-rower Santiago Guzman who will be playing in France for Stade Français this season. The pair will be in competition with Esteban Lozada (Edinburgh) to secure what is likely to be two places for New Zealand 2011 alongside Patricio Albacete (Toulouse) and Manuel Carizza (Biarritz).