|Tomás Lavanini v Scotland at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship|
Argentina´s impressive performances at the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France have already seen thrtee forwards have their futures crafted. Both backrower Pablo Matera and tighthead prop Matías Díaz are a part of the senior side for the 2013 Rugby Championship while backrower Facundo Isa has signed a two year contract to play for Heineken Ccup champions Toulon. All three performed well in the IRB Junior World Championship as did a number of backs while one player singled out as a potential Pumas secondrwoer in the making was Tomás Lavanini.
Having impressed at the tournament Lavanini subsequently visited New Zealand where he is right now. He was in attendance on Friday evening to see the Super Rugby match between the 2012 champions the Chiefs and the Hurricanes in Hamilton. The venue is of interest to Argentina due to it being where New Zealand will host the South Americans in the 2013 Rugby Championship. Lavanini´s visit, however, had nothing to do with the competition. Instead he was there as a recent arrival to have joined the Chiefs Super Rugby Academy. As such he is expected to not play for Hindu at all this season and instead has a foot into the door to play Super Rugby.
The Hindu youngster has not only talent but the necessary height and weight which too many international secondrowers lack. Aged only 20, Lavanini weights 118Kg and stands 2 metres tall. By way of comparison Patricio Albacete is the same height and at 32 years of age he weighs 122Kg. The taller Manuel Carizza stands at 2.02m in height and weighs the same as Lavanini. The third specialist secondrower in Argentina´s squad for the Rugby Championship is Mariano Galarza. The 2013 Los Pampas XV captain is the tallest at 2.03m in height and wieghs 115Kg. The squad also has Julio Farías Cabello who played November 2012 in the position has been seelcted for the 2013 Rugby Championship as a secondrower. The Tucumán enforcer ia 1.94m tall and weighs 110Kg. Lavanini, in other words, has natural factors to support his highly skillful game.
Before playing in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship Lavanini played test rugby. He played two matches in the South American Championship, taking on Brazil and Uruguay. He also impressed for Argentina against South Africa in the historic series win over the Baby Boks and at the IRB Junior World Championship Lavanini recieved game time against all of Los Pumitas´ opponents - Scotland, Samoa, Wales, Australia and France.
To access Lavanini´s official UAR profile click here.