Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mariano Galarza signs for Worcester

Galarza (pictured to the right) faced Worcester in 2011

With Ignacio Mieres set to be joined by Agustín Creevy and Leonardo Senatore after the rugby Championship the Worcester Warriors are set to become Argentina´s most popular side in the Aviva Premiership. What was three Pumas has now increased to four with the news that the club has signed Mariano Galarza.

In moving to play for the Worcester Warriors this season Galarza is to increase his chances of developing into a first choice Pumas second-rower. He has age on his side as aside from 20 year old Tomás Lavanini he is the youngest player to have been used by Santiago Phelan in the position since Rugby World Cup 2011. 

It is to be Galarza´s second time playing professional rugby in Europe. The 26 year old played in Ireland for Leinster in the 2010-2011 season but with limited opportunities he returned to Argentina to play for Los Pampas XV in the Vodacom Cup. The move proved to be the right one as Galarza was selected as one of four second-rowers by Santiago Phelan for Rugby World Cup 2011. 

Now into his fourth season in the national team Galarza has impressed in the 2013 Rugby Championship. With Patricio Albacete and Manuel Carizza both injured Galarza started against South Africa in Mendoza and has made three other apperances from the bench so far. His total of sixteen test caps include three from Rugby World Cup 2011 including one start against Georgia. 

Galarza is to be on the bench this Saturday as Argentina host New Zealand in his home town of La Plata. Earlier in the year he faced England and was one of the better players in what was a depleted team due to the agreement between the UAR and European clubs demanding a rest period at the completion of the professional season. 

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