Saturday, August 3, 2013

Tomás Lavanini replaces Julio Farías on bench to face New South Wales

Tomás Lavanini - set to play for the seniors for the first time
A late change to the make-up of the Pumas side to face New South Wales on Saturday has been revealed. With Patricio Albacete sidelined the secondrow resources have been depleted and with the Toulouse veteran being joined by Julio Farías Cabello Santiago Phelan has called up Tomás Lavanini. The 2 metre tall secondrower has been identified by a number of people within Argentina as being a likely future first choice player for Los Pumas. He is also close to securing a professional contract in New Zealand with the 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby Champions the Chiefs. The Hamilton based franchise is rumoured to be set to sign the South American on a two year contract that would see him, shod he be selected, enter Rugby World Cup 2015 as a Super Rugby player.

Should he receive game time then it would be his debut appearance for Argentina at senior level. Lavanini was impressive for Los Pumitas in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France. The 20 year old played against the junior teams of all of Australia, France, Samoa, Scotland and Wales. Before that he played for Argentina in the South American Championship where he took on both Brazil and Uruguay. Although these two appearances earned Lavanini test caps he is yet to play for the genuine senior team due to Argentina fielding a developing team for the South American competition.

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