Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Nicolás Vergallo set to return to play in France

Photo Zimbio: Vergallo v Georgia in RWC 2011
The relegation of the Southern Kings from Super Rugby to see the retun of the Lions has had ramifications for the franchise. Many players have moved on to sign for rival teams but not all. One who stayed is Argentina´s Nicolás Vergallo. The former Dax and Toulouse scrumhalf stayed on in Port Elizabeth to play in the Currie Cup while back-rower Tomás Leonardí left to return to Buenos Aires.

Leonardí made no secret of his displeasure with the Kings when he departed. He was underused in Super Rugby due in part to South Africa changing its laws to restrict the number of non-South Africans to take the field. The change occured after both Leonardí and Vergallo had already agreed to terms to play for the Kings. 

Vergallo was the first player selected in the scrumhalf position in the post Agustín Pichot era. Vergallo was the starting scrumhalf throughout 2008 and after losing the position in 2009 he reclaimed it in 2010 with a strong performance against France. There after Vergallo was the starting scrumhalf until 2012 and was also getting steady gametime in the Top 14 for Toulouse. But with Wallaby Luke Burgess moving to Toulouse the options were limited and Vergallo eventually took a offer to play Super Rugby for the Kings in South Africa.  
Since the end of the Super Rugby season Vergallo has recieved more game time. He was used mostly as a replacement in Super Rugby but has been in the starting lineup in the Currie Cup. Vergallo now is set to return to France to play for Lyon, the club of Pumas back-rower Juan Manuel Leguizamón. It could benefit his chances of further selection at international level. Thus far Vergallo has been capped thirty-three times.

Lyon is currently at the top of the Pro d2. The club is undefeated after two rounds and is a strong candidate to win promotion to the Top 14. The club has the highest budgest of all teams playing in France´s second division and the future looms as being extremely prosperous as the club is to obtain the Stade de Gerland which hosted three matches in Rugby World Cup 2007. The stadium is set to lose its status as the city´s largest venue due to the construction of a new venue for Euro 2016. The city´s professional rugby club will thereby be the tenant of the 40,500 seater venue and with a good budget it has a real opportunity of following Bordeaux-Begles. 


  1. On paper Lyon have by far the best Pro D2 team, and are by far the highest budget Pro D2 team as well.

    No wonder they sacked their coach after finishing 8th last year considering how much better financed they were than the others.

  2. My favorite rugby team is National team of New Zealand. They won the World Cup 2011.