Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Tomás Leonardí signs new contract with Edinburgh

Photo Edinburgh Rugby

Edinburgh Rugby has announced that former Argentine international back-rower Tomás Leonardí will remain at the Scottish club until mid 2015. The new contract will enable the twenty-six year old to be well prepared for the possibility of playing for Los Pumas at Rugby World Cup 2015

The eighteen time capped Puma made his debut against Chile in November 2008 and first appeared for the senior Argentine side twelve months later. With Argentine missing regular back-rower Leonardí was selected to start againat England at Twickenham to begin the 2009 tour. He was unable to play again until 2012 when he returned the the squad in June and faced Italy and France before being included in the squad for the Rugby Championship. 

Having been utilized as a second half replacement throughout the tournament Leonardí subsequently was signed to play Super Rugby for the Southern Kings in the 2013 season but with limited opportunities returned to Argentina. He was a surprize exclusion from the Argentine squad for the Rugby Championship with his test appearances coming in June against England and Georgia. 

A lack of game time at international level did not stop Edinburgh signing Leonardí on a short-term contract from October to December 2013. Since arriving at Edinburgh Leonardí has made seven appearances, including five starts ad he will now have the opportunity of making many more appearances with the security of a permanent contract. He is one of two players from Buenos Aires in Edinburgh. The other being the uncapped mid-fielder Joaquín Domínguez who also recently signed a new deal to remain in the Scottish capital until 2015.

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