Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Eusebio Guiñazú signs for Biarritz not Bourgoin

French powerhouses, Biarritz Olympique have confirmed the signature of former Pumas hooker / prop Eusebio Guiñazú, who was also in talks with fellow Top 14 side, Bourgoin. he is joining as a medical joker to cover for the injured Antonin Raffault who has had to have surgery because of a serious injury. Guiñazú will be playing for his third French club after previously playing for both Toulon and Agen but he most recently played in South Africa for the Super 14 side, the Stormers and for Bolland in the domestic competition.

His contract starts immediately and runs until the end of the 2010-2011 season. It may indeed help his aspirations to get a test recall for Los Pumas but he has stiff compeition. Excluding Eusebio Guiñazú , in the Top 14 alone there are four Argentine hookers and eight Argentine props.

Argentina Hookers in the Top 14
Agustin Creevy (Clermont)
Mario Ledesma (Clermont)
Franco Pani (La Rochelle)
Alberto Vernet Basualdo (Toulouse)

Argentina Props in the Top 14
Andres Bordoy (La Rochelle)
Pablo Cardinali (Brive)
Pablo Henn (Brive)
Juan Figallo (Montpellier)
Juan Orlandi (Racing Metro)
Pedro Ledema (Stade Français)
Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Français)
Martín Scelzo (Clermont)

At present, Biarritz lie in 5th place and Bourgoin in 13th of 14 teams. Guiñazú will be joining fellow Pumas Manuel Carizza (secondrow) and Marcelo Bosch (fullback) at the club.

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