Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Former Puma Pablo Henn joins London Welsh

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The professional career of former Argentine international loosehead prop Pablo Henn will continue  but in England rather than France. The 31 year old is to join English second division champions London Welsh for the 2014-2015 season to play in the Aviva Premiership. The Oxford based club has recruited over twenty players for the new season as it is seeking to retain its position among England's elite. London Welsh won promotion to the Aviva Premiership after defeating Bristol in the two-match RFU Championship Finals series.  

The future of Pablo Henn at international level appears to be over. Having debuted for Los Pumas against Chile in 2004 Henn went on to make nine test appearances over a nine year period. The lack of game time was largely due to depth with Rodrigo Roncero and Marcos Ayerza having been leading players in European club rugby throughout this period. Henn's last test was against England in June 2013.  

Henn is the latest player to sign for London Welsh. He joins a number of notable players such as Olly Barkley, Dean Schofield and Lachlan McCaffrey. He joins after playing the 2013-2014 season for Limoges in France's third division, the Fédérale 1. Prior to that he had played for Stade Français, Montauban and Brive in the Top 14. He became a father last November

With London Welsh returning to the Aviva Premiership there are to be five out of twelve teams associated with London in the competition. It is hardly ideal preparation for hosting a Rugby World Cup. Although some of the five (Harlequins, London Irish, London Welsh, Saracens and Wasps) have relocated outside of the area defined as Greater London there is no denying that they firmly hold on to their status as London teams and continue to use Twickenham and Wembley for big matches rather than relocating matches to other cities.

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