Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Nicolás Vergallo linked to a move to play Super Rugby

Nicolás Vergallo 
Argentina´s move to professionalism has been boosted today. It has been rumoured that Los Pumas scrumhalf, Nicolás Vergallo will not continue his career in France with Toulouse. Instead he will be moving to South Africa to join the country´s new Super Rugby franchise, the Southern Kings which is replacing the Lions for the 2013 season. The move is not official just yet but there have been strong rumours from various South African sources. The Southern Kings are to be based in Port Elizabeth and the teams inclusion has seen heated debates and controversy. The Lions are replaced having failed to impress. But with the team not featuring in next seasons Super Rugby campaign South Africa´s largest city, Johannesburg will not have a team in the competition.

Vergallo had been playing in France from 2008-2012. His career began with Dax who were in the Top 14 but were relegated to the Pro d2. Vergallo then moved to Toulouse for two seasons but struggled to get much game time in the 2011-2012 season. The 29 year old has played twenty-nine test matches for Argentina and was the country´s first choice player at Rugby World Cup 2011. He retained the 9 shirt for the 2012 Rugby Championship but has been overtaken by Los Pampas XV´s Martín Landajo who offers a more dynamic approach than Vergallo. 

Should it eventuate then Nicolás Vergallo could well be the first of many Argentine players moving to Super Rugby. long time serving Biarritz secondrower, Manuel Carizza is one notable player off contract and has been impressiev in The Rugby Championship. Others such as Tomás De La Vega, Eusebio Guiñazú, Tomás Leonardí, Leonardo Senatore and Gonzalo Tiesi could well yet be signed to play Super Rugby. 

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