Thursday, October 27, 2011

Juan Imhoff to debut for Racing Metro

The emergence of 23 year old Argentine winger, Juan Imhoff has been as swift as they come and the players dream 2011 is about the get bigger following confirmation from Top 14 side, Racing Metro that the young Puma is to start for the Parisians Top 14 Orange match on Friday vs the second placed Castres. Imhoff has been named on the left wing in what is an experimental back line. he will be joined by former Argentine international tighthead prop, Juan Pablo Orlandi, in the starting XV while the pair of Juan Martín Hernández and Alvaro Galindo have both been rested for this fixture as have a host of regular first choice players for the Parisian side. Both Imhoff and Orlandi are chasing places in the Pumas squad that will make its debut in the new Four Nations tournament starting in 2012 and so their selection is an important opportunity for both players.

Imhoff joined Racing Metro following Rugby World Cup 2011 where he impressed with tries against Romania and Georgia. His pace, from the bench, vs both England and New Zealand saw him overshadow some established players in the Pumas side.

Racing Metro

15 Germain Gaitan
14 Julien Saubade
13 Virimi Vakatawa
12 Guillaume Boussès
11 Juan Imhoff
10 Sébastien Descons
9 Matheiu Lorée
8 Remi Vaquin
7 Bernard Le Roux
6 Antoine Battut
5 Jone Qovu
4 Karim Ghezal
3 Juan Orlandi
2 Gregory Arganese
1 Julien Brugnaut


16 Bianchin, 17 Ben Arous, 18 Metz, 19 Lane, 20 Durand, 21 Jané, 22 Come, 23 Coetzee


  1. it's great to see Imhoff get his first start, but seriously that Racing team is crap, they've just handed victory to Castres on a plate with that side, I personally feel Imhoff is good enough to play in the first choice side

    and also I think that their recent signing of Ryan Cross is one of the most pointless, now some 32 year old Australian reject who wasn't that good to be honest is making a pay day ahead of good young talent such as Chavancy, Imhoff and Vakatawa

  2. Without question Racing Metro are throwing this match to give preference to their round 10 match, which is also an away fixture, vs Brive.

    Castres, for their part, have named a strong side with Imhoff to face Scottish winger, Max Evans.

  3. wow, that Racing win away surprised me a lot, got to give credit to their second string side, maybe some will be challenging to get into the main side, especially Vakatawa (a Fijian who could possibly qualify and play for France by the way) who was awesome, and hopefully Imhoff of course

    I read on the text commentary on that Juan Imhoff was involved in the Vakatawa try, after receiving from a long kick and then doing the initial work on the counter before giving to Vakatawa who did a chip and chase and scored, it says the try was a "beauty", I'll try and see it when the highlights come up on

  4. BEH,

    You are correct. Imhoff received a clearance kick from Castres and ran it back into a two man tackle where he was able to stay on his feet. As a maukl was forming he was able to release it which enabled Vakatawa to, briliantly, kick through and retrieve to go over for a wonderful try.

    I´ll have it up along with a review of all of Round 9 Top 14 action in 24 hours time from now.