Monday, April 23, 2012

Rodrigo Roncero scores in final appearance in Paris

La 24e journée en images
Roncero leaves with captain Parisse for the last time in Paris.
The professional future of Rodrigo Roncero is coming to a close. This season will be his last as a professional and appropriately he scored the first try of the match for Stade Français vs Perpignan in Paris on Saturday. The try was scored from an overthrown Perpignan lineout which Roncero caught and dived over to the delight of his teammates. Fellow Argentine internationals, Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga and Felipe Contepomi were quick to congratulate him as was the Argentine-Italian, Sergio Parisse but it was a try celebrated by all Stade Français players and supporters. Coach Michael Cheika was ful of compliments before and after the match and was wearing a Merci Rorro t-shirt during the match to pay tribute to the 35 year old Puma.

Having played for the Parisian club since 2004, Roncero is now to return to Buenos Aires to raise his three daughters and to take up a career as a doctor. In Rocnero´s postmatch interview he was very emotional as held his two year old daughter and had his two elder daughters either side of him. Roncero´s eight year stay in France has seen him win the French Championship with the dominant Stade Français team in 2006-2007. He was considered the best prop of Rugby World Cup 2007 and many also considered him to still be the best around in 2011. While his club future will end in May, unless Stade Français qualify for the Top 14 Orange Final, his international future remains unknown. In an interview with espnscrum Roncero said he will be talking with coach Santiago Phelan over the coming days to confirm whether or not he will play in The Rugby Championship. The same site also posted an interview with Roncero who talked (in Spanish) about his career in Paris.

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