Former Pumas winger, Rafael Carballo has signed a new two year deal with Top14 club, Bordeaux-Begles to continue with the club until 2014. Carballo has been playing for the club since 2010, helping the club win promotion to the Top 14 from the Pro d2 last season. He had previously played for Castres for from 2006-2009 and for Toulon from 2004-2006. Carballo has had a highly productive season in the Top 14, playing nineteen matches thus far, sixteen of which have been in the starting lineup. He has been used on both wings and even started three matches at inside centre. He is considered to be a winger, however, with a build of 88KG and is now 30 years old.
Carballo has been capped eight times for his country. He made his international debut in 2006 vs Wales and most recently featured in Argentina´s 41-13 win over France in Buenos Aires in June 2010, scoring a try. He has socred three tries in his eight international appearances, including a great try vs Italy in 2008 to win the match in Torino. Injuries kept him out of the Pumas team in 2009 and saw him leave Castres for a return to Buenos Aires. Upon returning to full fitness, he had been overtaken by youngsters for the Pumas wing slots. A return to Los Pumas remains a possibility but not a strong one given the form of Horacio Agulla, Lucas González Amorosino, Gonzalo Camacho and Juan Imhoff who were the wingers at Rugby World Cup 2011. Montpellier´s Martín Bustos Moyano has also been impressive and looks certain to be selected for Argentina. Carballo remains in the picture, however, giving Santiago Phelan plenty of options.