Thursday, February 7, 2013

Julio Farías Cabello signs for London Welsh

Argentine international backrower, Julio Farías Cabello continues the recent recruitment drive from Aviva Premiership clubs to get their hands on Pumas players. This week alone has already seen the Worcester Warriors confirm the arrival of hooker Agustín Creevy from Montpellier and flyhalf Ignacio Mieres from the Exeter Chiefs. In late January the same club announced the arrival of backrower Leonardo Senatore from Argentina and London Welsh confirmed the signature of centre Gonzalo Tiesi who made his debut for the club last weekend against the Newport-Gwent Dragons in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. Like Tiesi, Farías Cabello can start playing for London Welsh immediately. 

He will leave Argentina this coming Sunday in what will be his second stint as a professional player in Europe. He previously played in France for Rouen in the third division, Fédérale 1. Farías Cabello was spotted there by Los Pampas XV coach Daniel Hourcade who encouraged him to return to Argentina. The move was successful as he became a Puma and has held onto a starting place for the past two years. Now aged 34 Farías Cabello is a key leader in Argentina and his experience is key to preparing the new Pumas players for Rugby World Cup 2015. The club is this from bottom in the Aviva Premiership and fighting to stay ahead of London Irish and the bottom placed Sale Sharks. 

He will remain available for Argentina for all of its international matches in 2015. Unlike other players based in Europe Farías Cabello will be able to play for Los Pumas in June due to him not playing the 2013-2014 European season. He has, instead, signed what a contract that in France is known as a medical joker. Farías Cabello will play for London Welsh for three months and then go to South Africa to join Los Pampas XV for the later rounds of the Vodacom Cup. His move to London Wlesh means he will not captain the side this season and therefore a new captain should be announced shortly. The top candidates would appear to be scrumhalf Tomás Cubelli and secondrower Mariano Galarza. 

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