Sunday, January 1, 2012

Eusebio Guiñazú back to Biarritz?

Former Argentine international frontrower, Eusebio Guiñazú has been linked to a move back to Biarritz, the club he played for in the 2010-2011 season. The 29 year old is off contract with Toulouse following a stint with the French champions as a medical joker. The short term deal was to help the club get through the difficult period of the first few months of the season with Toulouse missing a large list of players to World Cup duty. Now that he is not under contract he is being reportedly targeted by Biarritz and this coming week he is expected to be officially signed by the club for the reaminder of the season. The club is set to lose South African prop, Eugene Van Staden, who is to return to his home country tomorrow to begin pre-season training for the Super Rugby season.

Guiñazú is a multi-purpose frontrower who can play at both loosehead and tighthead prop as well as hooker. Toulouse used him as a prop as he started four matches and game on as a replacement for four other games. According to the source, Guiñazú could play for Biarritz in next weekends match vs Agen. Curiously, Guiñazú´s previously played for Agen from 2006-2009. His first contract as a professional, however, was with Toulon in the 2005-2006 season and he has also played Super Rugby for the Stormers in South Africa. A return to Biarritz would see Guiñazú join up with three fellow Argentines - Manuel Carriza, Marcelo Bosch and Francisco Gomez Kodela.

Should Guinãzú make a return to Biarritz it would give him a strong chance of a return to Los Pumas. He has played 15 test matches since making his debut in 2003 vs Paraguay. His most recent appearance was vs England in 2009 when he was selected due to the unavaliability of other players. With his hometown of Mendoza set to host South Africa in The Rugby Championship, Guiñazú has everything to play for.

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