Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Julio Farías Cabello to retire in November

Farías Cabello scores in the RWC Quarter Final at Eden Park
Having made his debut for Argentina on the wrong side of 30 Julio Farías Cabello has been able to cement himself in the Argentine test team as a leading player. In short time the now 35 year old forward has eanred plenty of praise with some calling him Argentina´s best player at Rugby World Cup 2011.

After winning twenty-six test caps Farías Cabello is set to hang up his boots upon reaching the mark of thirty. Tucumán´s favorite foward confirmed in a radio interview with ESPN Scrum that November will be the end of his time as a Puma. He will step down after having been constantly in the Argentine test team either as a blind side flanker or a second-rower and having started twenty-four of his twenty-six test matches. 

His loss comes at a time in which Argentina is unearthing young players in both positions. In the 2013 Rugby Championship alone Pablo Matera and Tomás Lavanini have taken to the field against elite opposition. Both players are just twenty years of age and in a good position to play at Rugby World Cup 2015. Farías Cabello  on the other hand will be 37 at the time - an age very few players reach while being capped at a Rugby World Cup. 

Having given it his all Farías Cabello is a true example of playing for ones country. Farías Cabello has not missed a test against Tier One opposition since making his debut as a replacement against France in November 2010. He made his debut as a 32 year old and made the selection ahead of professional players. After the 2012 Rugby Championship he moved to England to play for London Welsh in the Aviva Premiership which marked a return to Europe after he had previously played in France´s fourth division for Rouen. 

Farías Cabello will join Patricio Albacete in the second-row this weekend and will again start ahead of Manuel Carizza who will be on the bench. The test is to be the final performance of Farías Cabello on Argentine soil with his final tests to be those in Europe in November with Argentina facing England, Italy and Wales. In his career the Tucumán forward has scored two tries at international level, one against each of New Zealand and Australia.


  1. GOOD!
    I've got nothing against him as a player or a person. Argentina needs to get a grip of the idea of intergrating 20+ and 25+ players of age into their team.

    They can be called upon for 10 years of service rather than Carbello's 3 years of service.

    I hope the great man goes out on a blinder!

    1. There's nothing wrong with calling up older players if they are good enough. Many countries would have never selected Brad Thorn in 2008 citing him as too old, but as it happened he offered 4 seasons of brilliant service culminating in a fantastic World Cup aged 37.

      In Farias Cabello's case, I rated him higher as a 6 than a lock personally and probably would have him only as a versatile bench player, but Phelan clearly likes him and is starting him above Carizza.