Friday, June 28, 2013

Pumitas secondrower Tomás Lavanini could play Super Rugby

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.


  1. I've raved on about this young man too. Great for Argentine rugby with so much talent about. Bad for Argentine rugby, in that, if these guys go home they won't be able to become the real deal until after 5 years out of the junior ranks.
    This guy going to NZL, Isa to FRA, etc.
    ARG cannot work this way and expect o win summer tests against strong sides,if their players are tied down by overseas contracts.

    And what of other good players who have since disappeared. In the 2011 edition there were two monster back-rowers called Lofantana and Ubetery I believe.
    Maybe not as skillful as Matera, but it's good when you have such men there to grind it out.

    Look at Wycliffe Palu for AUS!

    From the blackman in Japan, Paul I've read your book and I'm always folllowing your blog, but I still think that ARG needs pro rugby, even before they get a SR outfit!

  2. a franchise in SR yes... but a pro competition is 100% imposible

  3. In the lead up to the RC last year, Augustin Pichot said,in an interview with rugby time, that the UAR was currently operating on a third of the budget to that of it's competitors, but he also noted that the budget had risen twice as much as in the run up to the 2011 RWC.

    This was before renault,et al other sponsors came on board. More money is needed and more money is coming through.

    Also a pro comp doesn't have to be the same as in Europe or SR. A mini comp alike to that of the vodacom cup would suit the needs of the players, the clubs and the mean as hell politically corrupt money stealing dinosaur called the URBA.
    Yes a season long pro club comp along the lines of the Top 14 will NEVER be possible in ARG.
    However a mini pro comp would also seperate the best from the rest in preparation for the summer tours, possible PAC nations or currie cup.
    And the media would always be focused on what is going on at home not across the pond in RSA!

    More opinions please!