Friday, October 21, 2011

Alfredo Lalanne signs for London Scottish

Los Pumas 28 year old reserve scrumhalf, Alfredo Lalanne, has signed for English National Division 1 side, London Scottish. His arrival means he will continue his professional career in London after having previously played for London Irish from 2008-2011 in the Aviva Premiership. His move to London Scottish means he is to play in England´s Second Division which may harm his chances of future international duties due to Argentina´s two French based scrumhalves - Nicolás Vergallo and Agustín Figuerola both playing in the Top 14. Lalanne played three matches at Rugby World Cup 2011, always as a second half replacement for Vergallo. In total Lalanne received thirty-two minutes game time in his Pool matches vs Romania and Georgia and his Quarter Final appearance vs New Zealand. He is the second World Cup Puma to have signed for London Scottish, joining winger Agustín Gosio.

Lalanne is from Buenos Aires and played his rugby for the San Isidro Club (SIC) before joining London Irish in 2008. He is a former Argentina Sevens player, having been in the 2007 IRB World Sevens Circuit team and subsequently played in the 2007 IRB Nations Cup in Romania in June of that year. Twelve months latter, Lalanne was a Puma. Since debuting, Lalanne has played ten test matches and had his best performance in the home win vs England in June 2009. He was to be the teams first choice scrumhalf in 2010 before getting injured vs Scotland and subsequently overtaken by Vergallo who impressed in Argentina´s win vs France in Buenos Aires.

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