Friday, January 13, 2012

Francisco Gomez Kodela extends his contract for two more years at Biarritz

Francisco Gomez Kodela
Largely unknown outside of Argentina before this season and well down the order of props in line for international duty, the prospects for Francisco Gomez Kodela  have taken a significant leap forward. The 26 year old frontrower was signed by Biarritz Olympique as a medical joker to cover for injured English backrower, Magnus Lund. It has worked out well for both him and for the club as he has been able to break into the starting lineup and recieve plenty of regular game time. The club has been so impressed by his potential that it has altered his contract from being a temporary medical joker to giving him a full time two year deal which will see him stay at the club for two additional years. The club made the announcement that Gomez Kodela and French international Fabien Barcella loosehead prop had both agreed to two year contracts.

Francisco Gomez Kodela is a player that has been on the radar of Pumas selectors for quite some time but has never been able to break into the senior squad. Before joinng Biarritz he was a part of the Buenos Aires side which finished runners-up to Córdoba in the 2011 Argentine Rugby Championship. He has been capped four times, always against South American opposition. He faced Chile and Uruguay in 2008 and again in 2011 and has been a member of Los Jaguares (Argentina A) invovled in important development matches such as the 2011 IRB Nations Cup in which he faced Portugal, Georgia and Romania. His new deal with Biarritz comes days after former Pumas frontrower, Eusebio Guiñazú signed for the club as a medical joker.
                       Buenos Aires vs Córdoba 2011


  1. very good timing that a load of new props have emerged just as Scelzo retires and Roncero has perhaps one maybe two season of international rugby left

    the generation of props which were born in the early 70's were awesome, Reggiardo, Grau, Hasan, Scelzo and then Roncero

    but from the generation that were born from the late 70's to mid 80's were a dissapointment, only Ayerza emerged from that generation, whilst Henn, Orlandi, Allori, Pedro Ledesma, Guinazu didn't turn out to be of the quality of those previous names

    because of that there wasn't too much depth, and Scelzo, Roncero and Ayerza hardly had any competition after the 2007 RWC

    but now Figallo, Bustos are both of international standard, Gomez Kodela perhaps not as good but would be a decent bench option if needed, whilst Nahuel Lobo impressed at the Junior World Cup

    unfortunately though Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro is in danger of turning into another Pedro Ledesma, and spending his career as fourth choice tighthead

  2. I never thought of it that way.