Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Eusebio Guiñazú confirms his return to Biarritz

Eusebio Guinazu Eusebio Guinazu of the Barbarians poses for a portrait during the Barbarians squad photo call at Latymer Upper School on November 23, 2011 in London, England.As reported recently on this site, Biarritz have been interested in signing up a fourth Argentine player for their roster to help the club complete its season and avoid relegation. The services of Rarely will a player play for two French Top 14 clubs in the same season but this is exactly what is going to happen for former Argentina international frontrower, Eusebio Guiñazú who in an interview with Argentine site scrum has confirmed that he ahs signed to play for the Basque side for the remainder of the 2011-2012 season. He had been playing for Toulouse in the early stages of this season as a medical joker to cover for the significantly high number of players that the club was missing to World Cup duty. Guiñazú´s signature for Biarritz is also as a medical joker to cover the loss of South African prop Eugene Van Staden who has returned to his homeland to prepare for the upcoming Super Rugby season. It is to be the second time that Guiñazú has played for Biarritz after arriving as a medical joker the previous season.

Guiñazú has not played for Argentina for quite some time with his last appearance being as a replacement vs England in June 2009. He recently, however, started for the Barbarians vs Australia at Twickenham - as seen on the photo to the above right. His ability to play in all three frontrow positions may come in handy, however, as Argentina have lost both Mario Ledesma and Martín Scelzo to international retirement and Rodrigo Roncero may well follow suit. Guiñazú´s international career has always been as cover for the senior players and has seen him earn fifteen caps for his country. His ambition is to return to Los Pumas and he will now have a great opportunity to show his worth against the best props in the Top 14.


  1. I don't think Guiñazú will play for the Pumas again, as you say his ability to play 1, 2 and 3 always is helpful in getting him medical joker contracts but he has not established himself at any club

    props are well covered for the Pumas, in the short term there is Roncero, Ayerza, Figallo and Bustos in the long term I've heard Nahuel Lobo is one to watch

    hooker is his best opportunity, Creevy is obviously the first choice, but after him the second spot is open

  2. Loosehead Roncero, Ayerza and Henn

    Tighthead Figallo, Scelzo, Bustos, Chaparro and Orlandi

    Hooker Creevy and Basualdo

  3. Scelzo has retired from international duty. I doubt Henn will feature again for Los Pumas neither will Orlandi while Vernet Basulado appears to have ruled himself out of future matches. Figallo and Ayerza are the likely starters in 2012 with Bustos and possibly Roncero (if he decides to not retire) covering them.

    Guiñazú is not overly likely to make Los Pumas again but does have a chance. The Vodacom Cup will be itneresting with this in mind as Argentina need another hooker.