Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Argentina lose Leandro Cedaro to Italy

Cedaro in the Pro d2 for Mont de Marsan
A promising young Argentine player has been lost to Italy. In an interview with Argentine site scrum, 25 year old Leandro Cedaro said he had taken an offer from Italy to train with the side and will make his debut, playing for Italy A in next months IRB Nations Cup in Romania. Cedaro had also been in the sights of Santiago Phelan with the Pumas coach having been in contact with him this season. There even exists a chance for Cedaro to play against Argentina in June with Los Pumas taking on Italy in San Juan. His decision to play for Italy rather than his own country is likely to see him stand a better chance of playing against top opposition and continues the tradition of potential Pumas being snapped up by Italy. Cedaro has played over 50 games of rugby in France´s Pro d2 and will be staying there next season after signing for La Rochelle who lost a Semi Final vs Pau this past weekend.

Argentina has depth in the secondrow with Agen´s new signing, Esteban Lozada left out of the World Cup squad. Cedaro would, indeed, have it tough to earn a place in Argentina´s test team with the likes of Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza, Julio Farías Cabello and Tomás Vallejos Cinalli to feature in the Pumas secondrow this season. Italy, in contrast, are not so well served right now in the position with a player from Mogliano, Marco Fuser, (not part of the Rabo Direct Pro 12) being in the senior squad.

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