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Current Top 14 champions Castres Olympique is suffering from an injury crisis in the front-row. The club is without the services of Georgian Anton Peikrishvili and New Zealander Karena Wihongi. With the club well placed in the French league and likely to be in the play-offs it ahs signed a medical joker to replace these players. Arriving is twenty-five year old Ramiro Herrera from Argentina.
Herrera arrived back in Argentina last month from Australia. He was involved in the championship winning IRB Pacific Cup and will now join Castres on a short-term deal that will see him playing for the club for the remainder of the season. Castres is currently in 4th position after 23 rounds. The club´s three remaining regular season matches are against Clermont-Auvergne, Montpellier and Bayonne.
Herrera is a solid tighthead prop. He stands at 1.94 metres and weighs 125kg. Despite being uncapped he has been in the frame for Los Pumas for quite some time. Herrera has played for Los Jaguares since 2012 and Los Pampas XV since 2013. In moving to France he will miss out on making a possible test debut against either Chile or Uruguay next month. He will, however, he able to play against Ireland and Scotland should Daniel Hourcade select him.
His move to France is also an indication of the need for Super Rugby franchises to be encouraged to sign foreigners. Although Argentina is to join Super Rugby in 2016 the remains a shortage of Argentine players in the competition. Only Manuel Carizza and Matías Díaz were signed and no others have joined since the season began.