Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Two Americas Wingers Stay at Leicester Tigers

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Aviva Premiership powerhouse club the Leicester Tigers is holding onto to wingers from the Americas next season. The club will retain the services of Gonzalo Camacho and Blaine Scully for the final season ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015, it was confirmed earlier today.

Gonzalo Camacho is yet to make his debut for the Leicester Tigers. The number one Argentine right winger was badly injured playing for Los Pumas against the All Blacks in the 2013 Rugby Championship and had to undergo surgery. His long lay-off is coming to an end, however, with the club hopeful of having Camacho declared fit to face the Harlequins next week. 

The loss of Camacho for the majority of the season was a gain for the USA. Signed as a medical joker was Blaine Scully whom has taken the opportunity with both arms to establish himself in the starting lineup. It has seen him also make a greater contribution to the USA Eagles team and has seen him cement a place in the starting lineup after previously having had difficulties establishing himself. 

The pair are now facing the possibility of starting together for Leicester. This will depend on how the remainder of the team is made up due to Argentina and the USA not being members of the European Union and the country also falling outside of the Kolpak ruling. Camacho is to be one of two Pumas at the club with veteran Marcos Ayerza also on the roster while the future of Pablo Matera at the club is uncertain. 

All four are expected to feature for either Argentina or the USA at Rugby World Cup 2015. Argentina will play against both Tonga and the African 1 qualifier in Leicester and is expected to be well received due to the club having had an extensive involvement with players from the South American country. The USA will not play in Leicester. 

In other player movement the USA eligible prop Dave Ryan will be leavin Zebre to join Ulster. Ryan is uncapped but could represent the USA despite being Irish. He has been unable to secure regular game time this season for Zebre in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. 

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