Saturday, February 1, 2014

Francisco Goméz Kodela Signs for Bordeaux-Begles

Argentine international tighthead prop Francisco Goméz Kodela has signed a two year contract with Bordeaux-Begles. His move to the club from Biarritz Olympique means he will continue playing professional rugby at the elite level in France despite his current club facing the likelihood of relegation to the Pro d2.

After playing for Biarritz in the Top 14 for three seasons twenty-eight year old Francisco Goméz Kodela is to move to rival club Bordeaux-Begles on a two year deal starting next season. During his time with Biarritz Goméz Kodela has made forty-nine appearances in the senior side in the Top 14 and has played a total of seventeen matches in either the Heineken Cup or the Amlin Challenge Cup. 

He has played regularly but remains an outside option for the Argentine number 3 shirt. Goméz Kodela has played eleven test matches for Argentina but is yet to break into the senior squad. All of his eleven appearances have been to cover players missing to club duty. As it stands he is the fifth choice Pumas tighthead prop behind professional players Juan Figallo, Maximilano Bustos, Matías Díaz and Juan Pablo Orlandi.

Another player in a similar position if Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro who has been a regular starter for Welsh region the Newport Gwent Dragons this season. The two players could provide cover for Figallo and Bustos who are not likely to face Ireland and Scotland in June due to their pending appearances in the Rugby Championship. Goméz Kodela´s debut was against Uruguay in 2008 while his most recent test appearance was against Georgia last June. 

His arrival at Bordeaux-Begles means the club will have an Argentine player next season. The three players currently contracted to the club will all be moving on, with all three possibly returning to Argentina. Veteran Rafael Carballo is confirmed as returning while both Nicolás Sánchez and Joaquín Tuculet could join him. Neither will play for Bordeaux-Begles in the 2014-2015 season. 

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