Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Juan Imhoff signs for Racing Metro

The future shape of Los Pumas continues to look increasingly bright as the number of young players with professional contracts growing regularly. The lattest player to go pro is the young and impressive 23 year old Juan Imhoff who has confirmed the speculation by signing a contract to play at the elite level of French rugby, the Top 14 Orange for Paris based club, Racing Metro. The club has signed him as a medical joker due to the unavaliability of former French international winger Benjamin Fall and Italian international winger Mirco Bergamasco. Imhoff, therefore, has big boots to fill but this is precisely what he needs as he looks to break into the starting line-up of Los Pumas as Argentina as to play in the Four Nations rugby tournament with Australia, New Zealand and South Africa starting in August 2012. Imhoff is in competition with the likes of Horacio Agulla, Gonzalo Camacho, Martín Bustos Moyano and Lucas González Amorosino who play professionally in England and France.

Imhoff was born in the third largest Argentine city, Rosario in 1988 and has rugby in his veins as his father also played for Los Pumas. His place in the Argentine squad of thirty players came as a surprize to many as he was selected ahead of Martín Bustos Moyano who was key in Montpellier´s campaign in the 2010-2011 French Top 14 season in which the club achieved its best ever result - finishing second. Los Pumas head choach, Santiago Phelan was questioned greatly on leaving Bustos Moyano out of the squad but was proven correct as Juan Imhoff scored two tries at Rugby World Cup 2011 and demonstrated explosive pace against all opponents. In his eight international appearances thus far, Imhoff has scored nine tries. His contract with Racing Metro is until the end of the 2011-2012 French season and comes with an option of an additional year.

In other postive news for Argentina rugby fans star flyhalf, Juan Martín Hernández has been named in Racing Metro´s squad to tak on Bordeaux-Begles this weekend. I is to be his fiorst game of rugby since injurying his knee playing a Top 14 match vs Bourgoin in early 2011. Unwanted Argentine tighthead prop, Juan Orlandi has also been named in the squad to face Bordeaux-Begles.

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