Monday, September 27, 2010

Tomas Vallejos Cinalli pushing for Pumas Selection



Argentine secondrower Tomas Vallejos Cinalli is into his second season of English professional rugby after having arrived at Harlequins midway through last season to fill the void left by Jim Evans who was forced to retire due to injury. Vallejos Cinalli impressed in filling the boots of Evans so much that he has stayed on for a second season and is getting plenty of game time for the London club. He has started in the second row for the Harlequins in all four of this seasons matches thus far and was joined by Pumas winger Gonzalo Camacho who scored a try for the Harlequins in their victory vs Exeter on Saturday.

Despite having no experience at playing for Los Pumas, Vallejos Cinalli has previously represented Argentina in the U17, U18, U20 and U23 age groups. He has represented the Argentina Jaguars but he as of now he remains uncapped. He would appear to be a certain candidate for Argentina´s four match European tour this november. He is not beeing selected for the Harlequins because of need, rather is he being picked on form. Should his form continue then one of Argentina´s four premier secondrowers will be dropped. Vallejos Cinalli´s rise to Los Pumas would be at the expense of one of Mariano Galarza (Leinster) or Esteban Lozada (Edinburgh) as Patricio Albacete (Toulouse) and Manuel Carizza (Biarritz) has established themselves as the first choice secondrow pairing for Los Pumas.

Tomas Vallejos Cinalli began his rugby career in Argentina´s thrid largest city, Rosario where he played for the Logaritmo Rugby Club. He left to take up a professional contract with Italian side, Parma for whom he played for from 2008-2010 before moving to England.

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