Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pro d2: Chile's Pablo Huete joins Massy

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Los Condores international second-rower Pablo Huete has completed a transfer from Pro d2 club Section Paloise, commonly known as Pau, to Massy. The coming season is to see Massy back in France's second division after having won promotion from the third division, the Fédérale 1. Pau, for its part, has been fighting hard for a return to the Top 14 for a number of years but has fallen short at the Final or Semi Final stage. This past season it was well placed heading into the Semi Finals before being eliminated by La Rochelle at the Semi Finals stage. La Rochelle won the match 35-18 to advance to the final to face Agen and secure a place in the 2014-2015 Top 14. 

At Section Paloise Pablo Huete gained valuable experience which saw his career develop. He spent two seasons at the club after having previously also played professional rugby in New Zealand. Huete played for ITM Cup side the Tasman Makos in New Zealand's domestic competition in 2011.

This past season he made seventeen Pro d2 appearances for Pau and was in the starting lineup for the Semi Final against La Rochelle. Also involved in the Semi Finals and the final was fellow Chilean second-rower Sergio Valdes who was a teammate of Huerte in the 2012-2013 Pro d2 before moving to play for Agen last season. Valdes played twenty-five matches for the defeated finalists starting both the Semi Final and final.

Huerte was a part of the CONSUR XV squad that faced England on June 2 2013 in Montevideo. The match was a spcial exhibition organized to help promote the game in the region. It also served to give England a warm-up match ahead of the team's two test tour of Argentina. 

Still aged just 25 Huete could well add many more test caps to his current total of five, the last of which came in May 2013 against Uruguay. Huete made his test debut against Tonga in 2010 in a match won 32-30 by the Pacific Islanders. Valdes did not play in the fixture and now aged 35 his test future is less certain. 

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