Thursday, March 22, 2012

Exeter Chiefs resign Ignacio Mieres

Two year extension for Ignacio Mieres
The bombshell that the Leicester Tigers management dropped in January due to the club likely to lose the services of winger Horacio Agulla to The Rugby Championship threatened to seriously harm Argentina rugby. It created a grave scenario in which Pumas players may well be forced into chosing their careers as professional rugby players or playing international rugby for their country. Thus far, however, the seriousness of the threats have failed to materialize and the evidence suggests that clubs are seeing that they cannot lose their star Pumas players. 

With Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga and Marcos Ayerza both having agreed to stay at Stade Français and Leicester already another player has today confirmed he is staying on with his European club. 24 year old  Ignacio Mieres has been a key player all season for the Exeter Chiefs, contributing in no small manner to the teams performances which have seen the club move to close to securing a first ever Heineken Cup place for next season. The club is also close to the Top Four of the Aviva Premiership. Mieres has been instrumental as a goalkicker and playmaker in general. He has played 22 matches, scoring 240 points for the club this season. The result is that Exeter has signed the player known in Argentina as Cangu for an additional two years. In an interview with Argentine site Scrum, Cangu made it clear that his intentions are to be a Puma and no longer a fringe player.

His form will, without question, see him earn an international call up and with Argentina´s first match of 2012 being vs Italy on the same day as the Top 14 Orange Final Mieres could even start at flyhalf for his country. A lot could well depend on who makes the French Final but Santiago Phelan will, nevertheless, be using his pencil to good effect with the name of Ignacio Mieres. A likely scenario is that players from the Top 14 Orange Barrage and Semi Finals stage who miss out on the Final will be rested for the Italian match at San Juan, with them likely to instead play vs France in Córdoba the following weekend.

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