Friday, October 22, 2010

Ignacio Mieres joins English Premiership Club Exeter

The number of Argentine players in England this season has once again increased with news that 23 year old Argentine flyhalf, Ignacio Mieres, is joining English Premiership (Aviva Premiership) rugby team, the Exeter Chiefs. The newcomers to the elite level of English rugby have secured the services of the Argentine following the approval of his visa. Mieres is to visit the club today which will mark his return to English rugby after playing for Leicester as a trial player in 2008 but leaving the club for France that year. Mieres spent two years in France, mostly with Stade Français but also with Peripignan for several months to replace the injured Dan Carter. Earlier in 2010 he got a lot of game time for Stade Français in the 10 shirt.

His move to southwestern England follows talks with a number of English and French clubs. But rather than sign for the biggest club Mieres has opted for a new challenge. His decision to move to Exeter is a clear indication that his priority is getting more game time this season as Rugby World Cup 2011 fast approaches. Mieres had his test debut for Argentina vs Chile in 2007 and has scored a total of 32 points in his four test match appearances thus far, including 2 tries and 11 conversions. His four test appearances, however, have been all against South American opposition - three vs Chile and one vs Uruguay rather than against first tier opposition. Mieres has also played for Los Jaguares - most recently in the 2010 Americas Rugby Championship, and for Argentina A - most recently vs France A in June 2010. Given the high number of professional Argentine players in his position, moving to Exeter appears highly sensible as he attempts to break into Los Pumas squad and make the team for New Zealand 2011. His new team, Exeter, currently lie in 10th place out of the 12 teams and have won 2 out of their 5 matches thus far. They will host premiership leaders, London Irish tommorrow in their next match.

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