Monday, April 28, 2014

Top 14: Ramiro Herrera signs new two year deal with Castres

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Uncapped Argentine tighthead prop Ramiro Herrera has performed so well for reigning French champions Castres Olympique since arriving that the club have signed him on a permanent basis. The club announced the signature of Herrera on a two year deal starting immediately. He arrived at the club as a medical joker and made his debut for Castres against Clermont Auvergne in a Top 14 fixture.  

With just two Top 14 matches to his name Herrera has secured his future. The twenty-five year old was born in the southern city of Comodoro Rivadavia and played his rugby in Buenos Aires for the Hindú Club. He has been involved in the domestic senior squad since 2012 playing for both Argentina's A side, Los Jaguares, and the Pampas XV. 

Herrera is a big prop both in terms of stature and height. He weighs 123Kg and is 1.94 metres tall. He was a part of the Pampas XV squad which won the 2014 IRB Pacific Cup in Australia. Despite being uncapped he cannot represent a country other than Argentina due to him having previously played for Los Jaguares. 

Argentina will be without regular Rugby Championship props in the home series in June which could see Herrera called up for the first time. His new contract will see him play for Castres in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. As such he will not be a part of Argentina's Suepr Rugby team to debut in 2016. He will also not be able to be selected for Los Pumas after Rugby World Cup 2015 until he leaves France. His UAR profile can be viewed here.

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