Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Benjamin Urdapilleta heading to France


Argentine back, Benjamin Urdapilleta will be leaving the Aviva Premiership at the end of the curent season to play in France. The 26 year old will end his two year stint with the Harlequins to play in France´s pro d2 (second division) for eastern French club, Oyonnax and will recieve significantly more game time and be used in bhis prefered position of flyhalf as well as being the goalkicker. Urdapilleta has played 20 matches for the London based side since joinig the club in mid 2010. He has been unable to, howver, play in the flyhalf position due to the position being occupied by former All Black Nick Evans and his replacement, Rory Clegg. In his two seasons with the club, Urdapilleta scored 20 points. He was used as a centre, playing mostly in the 2010-2011 season as a 13 and as a 12 in the current season.

Urdapilleta has won five international caps for Argentina, having been used as a fringe player. He debuted vs Chile in 2007 and scored 13 points. He has also faced Uruguay, South Africa and Wales but has always been used as a injury motivated replacement. His move to the French second division could well get him on track if he is to be a Puma again. Urdapilleta has two massive goals now. Firstly to win the Aviva Premiership this month as he sned his two year deal with the Harlequins and secondly to help Oyonnax win promotion to the Top 14. The club has been on the verge of promotion inr ecent seasons but currently sits in eighth position and out of the running for promotion for next season. Before playing in England, Urdapilleta played for Los Pampas XV in the teams debut season in 2010. 

2 comments:

  1. I shouldn't think he has much chance of playing for Argentina again

    the 10/12 area is not an area where the Pumas are short on options and Urdapilleta is pretty poor anyway, he played 13 against Toulouse in the Heineken Cup in December and was abysmal defensively allowing Fritz to run through every time

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  2. He is an outside half so is Beauxis. This is where they play.

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