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.