Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eusebio Guiñazú in talks with Bourgoin

Former Pumas frontrower Eusebio Guiñazú looks set to become the latest Argentine prop to sign for a French team as he has been having serious discussions with Bourgoin to play as a medical joker as cover for Ruaan du Preez who is out with a long term injury. According to the information presented on French site L'Equipe Guiñazú  should arrive at the club at the end of this month and stay until at least February. He will be joining two other Argentine players at the club - centre Matías Viazzo and flyhalf Alberto di Bernardo.

Guiñazú has played 16 tests for Los Pumas since making his debut in 2003 vs Paraguay. He played hooker vs France in the Bronze Final of Rugby World Cup 2007 as a replacement for the injured Mario Ledesma but is now considered to be a prop. His most recent test was also as a replacement vs England in 2009 and his chances of getting a call up to Los Pumas squad for New Zealand 2011 will have been increased now that he will be playing against some of the worlds best props in the Top 14.

Bourgoin president, Arnaud Tourtoulou, commented that Guiñazú has the advantage of being able to play as a loosehead and a tighthead prop. The other advantage Guiñazú has is that speaks French as he previously played in France for two seasons. He played for current Top 14 sides Toulon in the 2005-2006 season and for Agen in 2006-2008. His most recent professional contract however, was in South Africa where he played Super Rugby for the Stormers and domestic rugby for Bolland. His Argentine club is RC Mendoza.

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