Sunday, July 31, 2011

Joaquín Tuculet signs for Sale Sharks

In the brief two year history of Los Pampas XV the side has conquered the Vodacom Cup and has produced many international and professional players. Names including Agustín Creevy, Guillermo Roan, Nahuel Tetz Chaparro, Maximiliano Bustos, Agustín Figuerola, Nicolás Sánchez, Santiago Fernández, Martín Bustos Moyano and Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga have all gone on to secure professional contracts with top level English and French sides. The number just keeping getting bigger with news that 21 year old uncapped Argentine fullback, Joaquín Tuculet, has signed a one year contract to play at the top level in England for the Sale Sharks. He joins the English giants from Club de Rugby Los Tilos in La Plata, Argentina. Tuculet was a regular in Los Pampas XV in the 2011 Vodacom Cup and was the champion sides first choice fullback throughout the campaign. The former club of Los Pumas vice captain, Juan Fernández Lobbe, are in a rebuilding phase after stuggling in the 2010-2011 season and are looking to return to the glory that saw them win the Premiership in 2006.

Capable of playing fullback or centre, Tuculet at only 21 years of age could well be starting out what could be a long professional career. He is a player who has come through the ranks of Argentine rugby. After Los Pampas XV won the Vodacom Cup, Tuculet was selected for Los Jaguares (Argentina A) for the IRB Nations Cup in Romania and was the teams fullback. Tuculet played for Argentina in the 2009 IRB Junior World Championship in Japan and featured for Los Pumitas in matches vs Fiji, Ireland, New Zealand and Uruguay as the teams fullback.

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