Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Juan Pablo Orlandi signs for Bath

The Puma Mania that has been occuring from Aviva Premiership clubs over the past month continues with Racing Métro tighthead prop Juan Pablo Orlandi having become the third Puma to sign for Bath in under a year. He joins winger Horacio Agulla and hooker Eusebio Guiñazú at the club and is likely to recieve more game time than he has been getting for Racing Métro. Aged 29 Orlandi is still in the running to feautre at Rugby World Cup 2015 and with Marcos Ayerza possibly dropping to the bench in favor of playing Juan Figallo at loosehead the chances of Orlandi adding to his ten test caps are all the more greater.

Orlandi makes the move to Bath for next season after having played the previous three seasons in France for Racing Métro. He joined the Top 14 side after having previously played in Italy for Rovigo and he became elibilble to represent Italy but he opted to play for his home country after recieving an offer from Santiago Phelan and he made his debut in palce of Martín Scelzo against France in November 2008. Since then Orlandi has had it touigh staying in the team but did make the cut for The Rugby Championship and was used as the second choice tighthead prop behind Juan Figallo. He missed out in  November with Maximilano Bustos and Francisco Gomez Kodela both providing backup for Figallo. 

In the two months of 2013 so far Gonzalo Tiesi and Julio Farías Cabello have arrived at London Welsh while the Worcester Warriors have confirmed the arrival of Agustín Creevy, Ignacio Mieres and Leonardo Senatore for next season. All will be free to play for Argentina in The Rugby Championship if selected. There is also speculation of other Pumas changing clubs with Martín Bustos Moyano linked with a move to Bayonne and Juan Manuel Leguizamón possibly returning to Paris. 

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