Friday, January 28, 2011

Patricio Albacete signs a Four year deal with Toulouse

Argentine international secondrower, Patricio Albacete has resigned with France´s glamour club, Stade Toulousain, or simply Toulouse until 2015. Albacete decided to extend his stay at France´s and Europe´s most successful club after recieving a big money offer to play for Bayonne. The Pumas powerhouse has been at the club for five years already since joining from fellow French club Pau who are now in the Pro d2. In his time with Toulouse, Albacete has won both the Top 14 and the Heineken Cup and is widely considered as the best secondrower in France. Earlier in the season his team mate and fellow Argentine international, Nicolas Vergallo also extended his stay at the club.

Toulouse may indeed see Albacete play until retirement as he is to turn 30 this year and will be 34 come Rugby World Cup 2015 which looms as a potential time for retirement. Albacete made his debut for Argentina vs Paraguay in April 2003 and impressed. He was selected in the squad for Rugby World Cup 2003 and was in the starting XV for the first match fo the tournament vs Australia at the young age of 22.  He played every minute of Argentina´s ground-breaking campaign at Rugby World Cup 2007 and scored a try vs Georgia. In total, he has played 40 tests for Argentina.

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