Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Eusebio Guiñazú signs for Bath


As reported on Sunday Los Pumas hooker Eusebio Guiñazú may have a future at English club Bath. Indeed it is more than a rumour as the Aviva Premiership club has confirmed the arrival of the 30 year old Argentine frontrower. He is one of two new arrivals for the club with Mat Gilbert also signing after he had been playing in Wales for the Scarlets. Guiñazú´s contract is until 2014 and he will be joining fellow Pumas veteran Horacio Agulla at the club. Guiñazú has previously played for Agen, Toulon, Toulouse and Biarritz in the Top 14 and in South Africa for the Stormers and Boland. His move to Bath ends speculation that he will be playing Super Rugby for the Southern Kings. The new South African side will nonetheless have Pumas with Nicolás Vergallo and Tomás Leonardí having been confirmed. 

Guiñazú started all six test matches of The Rugby Championship and all three November Internationals. He filled the boots of the retired Mario Ledesma after Agustín Creevy was rueld out of the start of The Rugby Championship with a rib injury. Creevy returned but as Guiñazú´s deputy with Santiago Phelan reluctant to start Creevy. Guiñazú has played 27 times for Argentina since making his test debut in 2003 v Paraguay. He played one match at Rugby World Cup 2007 as an injury enforced call up as he replaced Mario Ledesma who was forced out of the Bronze Final. Guiñazú has scored one international try, v Venezuela in 2004. 

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  1. Chris Biller is one of the best lineout throwers in international rugby in my opinion and is part of the USA lineout which is one of their major strengths. He's better than Guinazu in my opinion. Baffles me as to why they let go Biller and signed Guinazu.

    Didn't Biller have problems getting game time due to some overseas non EU/non Kolpak player rules? Are Argentina not effected by this?

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    1. Yes, Pumas are excluded from the Kolpak ruling and this is why Leguizamón and Tiesi went to Stade Français. Odd that Pacific Islanders and South Africans are not.

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