Monday, October 31, 2011

Leonardo Senatore in France, about to sign with Toulon

The dream year of 2011 continues for GER Rosario backrower, Leonardo Senatore. The 27 year old broke into the Pumas squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 after an impressive display in South Africa playing for Los Pampas XV. After getting the opportunity of facing the French Barbarians in June of this year, Senatore was succeeded in winning a place in the Pumas World Cup squad where he went on to play two matches, both in the starting XV. He started at 8 vs both Georgia and New Zealand and his performances, especially vs New Zealand, have resulted in European clubs including the Sale Sharks and Toulon showing serious interest in signing the Puma. Senatore left Argentina on Sunday, bound for France and is to have a medical exam at the club on Wednesday. If he passes the test, Senatore will sign a contract as a Medical Joker with Toulon. He would be replacing regular Argentine backrower, Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe who suffered ruptured ligaments in Argentina´s World Cup match against Scotland in Wellington. Fernández Lobbe will not play again for at least five more months.

Leonardo Senatore made his test debut for Argentina vs Uruguay in May 2008. His second international appearance came six months latter vs Chile with Senatore scoring a try. His other two appearances both took place in New Zealand at Rugby World Cup 2011. Should he succeeded in passing the medial test and he play for Toulon he will be all the more likely to become a regular in the Pumas starting lineup. Senatore´s linebreak from the back of a scrum vs the All Blacks left two of New Zealand´s biggest names behind as both Kieran Read and Richie McCaw were beaten by the Puma en route to Julio Farias scoring a try.

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