Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Benjamín Macome Signs for Stade Français

LOS PUMAS VS ITALIA
Photo UAR: Macome started in the 2013 win over Italy
Argentine international Benjamín Macome is to join Stade Français as a Medical Joker from January until April 2014. The 27 year old is to take the place of the injured Olivier Missoup and link up with former Puma Gonzalo Quesada who is the French club´s headcoach.

In a year in which many Pumas players were disappointing Benjamín Macome was one who enhanced his reputation. With Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Leonardo Senatore unable to face England at home in June Macome was thrust into the starting lineup and emerged as the favored option ahead of Tomás Leonardí to join Julio Farías Cabello as back-rowers in the squad for the Rugby Championship.

It came as a surprise to many due to Leonardí having been a reliable option in 2012. Leonardí has been used from the bench as an early second half replacement in the Rugby Championship for Leguizamón and had been signed to play Super Rugby for the Southern Kings in 2013. After being left out of the 2013 Rugby Championship squad he went on to join Edinburgh. 

In his place Macome was used from the bench in four Rugby Championship matches and after having been a replacement against England at Twickenham he started against Italy in November. Having also started in the win over Georgia Macome was rare in playing in both 2013 victories. Macome played nine tests in 2013 bringing his total appearances to seventeen since debuting against Chile in 2009.

His move to Stade Français is to be his first time playing in Europe. His previous experiences have been playing for Los Pampas XV in the Vodacom Cup and playing for the Argentina A side, Los Jaguares. Macome came through the Argentine system representing his country both at under 19 and under 21 levels and represented the province of Tucumán. Macome stands at 1.90 metres and weighs 109Kg. He will turn 28 on Friday. 

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