Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro signs for the Newport-Gwent Dragons

Photo: Stade.fr
Following the recent departure of Tomás Vallejos Cinalli from Welsh region, the Scarlets Argentina has been without representation in the the four Welsh regions which compete in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. This is set to change for next season with the news that 23 old Argentine prop Francisco Nahuel Tetaz has been signed by the eastern most Welsh region. Nahuel Tetaz and Italian international flyhalf, Kris Burton, will be playing for the Newport-Gwent Dragons next season. Netani Talei and Martin Muller will also be joining the region. The transfer is likely to bolster the career of Teta Chaparro after chances have been slim for him in Paris. He joined Stade Français in 2011 but has been unable to play regularly. 

The Dragons as a region lack the same depth that can be found in the rival Welsh regions. The Cardiff Blues, Ospreys and Scarlets all have more international players and all do better in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. That being said, the chances of Tetaz Chaparro recieving regular game time appear to be strong. Of the five props that played for Wales in the 2013 Six Nations winning campaig none play for the Dragons. 

Tetaz Chaparro came through the Pampas system in Argentina. Before moving to France he previously played for Los Pampas XV in South Africa´s Vodacom Cup. He has played three times for Argentina with his test debut coming in 2010 against Chile in Santiago. With the non-availability of Argentina´s leading European based professionals in June 2012 Tetaz Chaparro got a call up to the Pumas squad to take on France and Italy. After having been a replacement in the win over Italy in San Juan he started at tighthead prop in the following week in Argentina´s narrow win over France in Córdoba. He remains in the test frame but it well down the list with four other tigthead props - Juan Figallo, Maximilano Bustos, Francisco Goméz Kodela and Juan Gomez all having been prefered to Tetaz Chaparro in November 2012. 

For further information click here to see his official player profile.


  1. you forgot mention pablo orlandi and even ramiro hererra, who is also ahead of him. shame he looked the part in the summer series last year. is there any reason why he got the cold shoulder at stade?

    1. He was surplus to requirements at Stade Français. The club used him mainly for Amlin Challenge Cup outings against teams from outside of the Top 14, Aviva Premiership and Rabo Direct Pro 12.

      Juan Pablo Orlandi played in The Rugby Championship but was left out of the November squad which featured all of Figallo, Bustos G Kodela and Gomez.

    2. He hardly "looked the part in the summer series last year". The weakened Pumas front row struggled in all 3 matches I remember.

      Because he didn't impress that was why Juan Gomez was drafted in ahead to cover in November.

    3. I'm sorry paul, but wasn't a talking about his scrum prouess.

      he's no sheridan, not yet anyway. he does tick the boxes for physical appearance though and with more game time he might just work.

      juan gomez played for his club back in buenos aires and that does help in selection doesn't it.

    4. Gomez made the squad by virtue of the UAR agreeing to a request from Top 14 clubs to play no more than three of their players in each match and also because Biarritz did not want its players involved in the first match of the tour against Wales. With no Marcelo Bosch or Francisco Gomez Kodela there was a call up for Juan Gomez who was on the bench against the Welsh. No Bosch or Fernández meant Contepomi and Tiesi started in the centres. Fernández missed out due to Montpellier missing three others.

    5. Seeing as Stade Français have given him 32 minutes of play this season. Why an earth would they care if he was on the bench for the Pumas for one match?

      Ridiculous agreement, I hope it is torn up and Argentina can select on common sense in June and November.