Friday, August 27, 2010

Brive sign Pumas Scrumhalf

French Top 14 club, C.A Brive are in the process of signing 25 year old Argentine scrum-half, Agustín Figuerola on a one year deal with the option of a one year extention. An official announcement is expected to bemade on Monday. In what is to be his first professional contract, Figuerola will join three other Argentine players at the club - props Pablo Henn and Pablo Cardinali and flyhalf Luciano Orquera. He will be in competition with three other scrum-halves for a place in the Brive team: Mathieu Belie, Jean-Baptiste Péjoine and Shaun Perry (England). He will certainly push for plenty of game time as in addition to being an international rugby player for Argentina, he is also an accomplished goalkicker.

Figuerola is one of Argentina´s top three scrum-halves alongside Nicolas Vergallo (Toulouse, FRA) and Alfredo Lalanne (London Irish, ENG). He made his test debut vs Italy as a replacement in November 2008 and has thus far played 7 tests for Argentina including 2 in the starting lineup. He was a key sevens player for Argentina in the 2009 World Cup in Dubai in which Argentina were beaten finalists. Figuerola has also played for Los Jaguars and the Pampas XV in the Vodacom Cup. He joins Brive from Buenos Aires club, CASI. With Brive, Argentina and Figuerola himself all set to benefit tremendously, Figuerola´s goal of making Los Pumas squad for Rugby World Cup 2007 has just recieved a huge boost.


  1. Hi Paul...I'm Néstor, from Post and very interesting all the comments that you made on the possibility of play a RWC in the Argentine. Certainly, is a problem of the UAR and the Argentine Government, but I know that the actually government haves not interest in the Rugby, because they consider our game "elitist" and they are populist in the same style of the Venezuela dictator, Ltcdr. Chávez. Cheers

  2. Hola Nestór,

    I think that the government shuold be highly interested in Argentina hosting a Rugby World Cup. The country already has adequate stadiums -some need minor improvements but nothing that will cost so much.

    Argentina has hosted the IRB Junior World Cup and the IRB Rugby Sevens World Cup giving it the history required for the government to support it.

    Then there is the profile of the sport in the country which cannot be ignored. Remembering that the country stopped for Argentina vs Scotland at Rugby World Cup 2007 and even the match between River Plate and Boca Juniors had to be changed to a different time.

    Argentina would recieve thousands and thousands of tourists for the tournament who would, of course, put millions of pesos into the economy. I think the country has so much to win from hosting as does the sport.