Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tomás Lavanini signs for Racing Métro

Under 20 representative Tomás Lavanini follows Pablo Matera to Europe
20 year old Argentine second-rower Tomás Lavanini was named by Daniel Hourcade as one of four second-rowers in the Pumas touring squad to face England, Wales and Italy this month in Europe. After completing international duty the youngster from Hindú in Buenos Aires will remain in Europe to begin his professional career for Racing Métro in France. 

2013 has been quite a year for the Buenos Aires player. He played for Argentina in the IRB Junior World Championship in France only to then be named by Santiago Phelan in the greater squad for the Rugby Championship. With Patricio Albacete and Manuel Carizza both injured during the opening fixture in Soweto Phelan named Lavanini on the bench in cover for Julio Farías Cabello and Mariano Carizza. New coach Hourcade has maintained Lavanini in the squad and he left Argentina for England this weekend to fly to London with Hourcade and the Argentine based squad members.

Lavanini´s destination will be Racing Métro, the club which Manuel Carizza played for last season. he will link up with two other Pumas in the form of Juan Imhoff and Juan Martín Hernández. Lavanini is yet to play together for Argentina with either player. In his only appearance for Los Pumas to date he was a replacement second-rower in Mendoza in a test in which Hernández and Imhoff both missed out on play in due to injury. Lavanini could very well join Imhoff in the 23 to face England next Saturday in London.

Lavanini had been reported to be joining ther Hamilton based Chiefs franchise to play Super Rugby but was not included in the squad named last week. He had trained with the squad during the 2013 season but was not offered a contract as New Zealand teams continue to offer limited opportunities to players not eligible for the All Blacks. In joining a Top 14 club Lavanini is certain to develop and offers Argentina a genuine long term option similar to Pablo Matera who joined Leicester and Facundo Isa who joined Toulon.

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