Thursday, July 25, 2013

Facundo Isa set to debut for Toulon

One of the Argentine stars of the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship, Facundo Isa is set to make his debut appearance for Toulon. The 19 year old from Santiago del Estero is one of twenty-six players named in Toulon´s squad for Friday´s match against Bordeaux-Begles at the Stade Mayol in Toulon. Also debuting for Toulon and playing a non-international match for the first time in France is South Africa´s Bryan Habana. While Habana will be certain to attract a lot of attention the occassion is certain to be an important one for the career of the Pumita. 

The match is a pre-season friendly with both clubs starting their preperation ahead of the 2013-2014 Top 14 season. Toulon finished the 2012-2013 season looking like being a strong contender for the title only to be upset by Castres in thre final. Bordeaux-Begles, in contrast, spent much of the season trying to avoid relegation before having strong performances in the later rounds. Both clubs are missing Pumas to the Rugby Championship with Nicolás Sánchez and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe both in line to start against the Springboks at Soccer city in three weeks time. Also in the Pumas squad is Isa´s backow teammate from Los Pumitas - Pablo Matera.

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