Raob Direct Pro 12 and Heineken Cup side Edinburgh have signed Argentina prop Ulises Gamboa from Italy´s Aironi for the remainder of the current season. The veteran Argentine prop has been called in to reinforce the stocks with both Allan Jacobsen and Geoff Cross on Scotland Six Nations duty. In addition, a third Scottish frontrower, Lewis Niven is unavaliable due to injury. Gamboa is a well travelled player having previously played in both Italy and France but his move to Scotland will see him playing in a premier level competition for the first time since became a professional player.
Ulises Gamboa's clubs
- Amatori Rugby Catania, 2006-07
- Beziers, 2007-09
- Futura Park Roma, 2009-10
- Aironi, 2010-11
"He'll provide valuable support for the squad until the end of the season, when we'll reassess his place at the club," said Edinburgh coach Michael Bradley.
"Ulises is a prop of considerable experience, having been capped for one of the set-piece powerhouses of world rugby.
"Edinburgh Rugby provide more players [nine] to the Scotland national team than any other club and, while it's great for the players, the club and its fans to have such strong international representation, the availability of Ulises is welcomed at a time where we look to reach a place in the RaboDirect Pro12 that reflects our performances in the Heineken Cup."
Gamboa, who has been capped eight times, is available for Edinburgh's home match against Ospreys on Friday and will also be added to the squad for the Heineken Cup quarter-final against Toulouse in April. He will have company in the form of former Los Pumas secondrower, Esteban Lozada who is into his second season of professional rugby with the Scottish side.