Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pro 12: Eusebio Guiñazú joins Munster

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The professional future of former first choice Pumas hooker Eusebio Guiñazú has been secured for the coming four months. The Mendoza front-rower has agreed to terms to play for Irish province Munster in the Guinness Pro 12 on a four month deal which will see him acting as a medical joker for the injured Mike Sherry. In joining Munster Guiñazú is to continue his professional career which has seen him play in England, France and South Africa.  

Capped thirty-six times by Argentina Eusebio Guiñazú was had nailed down the starting hooker position for Argentina under the coaching of Santiago Phelan. Following the retirement of the eternal hooker Mario Ledesma in 2011, Guiñazú went on to start twenty out of twenty one tests for Los Pumas in 2012 and 2013.  

Looking to establish a new brand of Pumas rugby and with it be more threatening against the world's leading teams, Daniel Hourcade, named Agustín Creevy as his new captain and with it he became Argentina's first choice hooker. The consequence for Guiñazú was that he not only lost the Pumas 2 shirt but was also left out of the squad for the June internationals against Ireland ad Scotland and also for the Rugby Championship. 

In place of Guinazú Hourcade has Creevy being backed-up by Matías Cortese and Santiago Iglesias Valdez, two players in the Rugby Championship for the first time. All three are presently in New Zealand training ahead of Saturday's test match against the All Blacks in Napier. 

The thirty-two year old Guiñazú could yet return but not until November. He is to link up with Munster later this month in a four month deal. During his colored career he has played in Super Rugby, the Currie Cup, Aviva Premiership and the Top 14. His move to Munster means he will now play in another country and competition. His previous clubs include Bath, Biarritz, Toulon, Toulouse, Boland and the Stormers,

In joining the Irish giants he is to be the first Puma playing in the country since Mariano Galarza did so for Leinster. Guiñazú's move follows on from that of Tomás Vallejos Cinalli who is to also play in the Pro 12 for Benetton Treviso. Should both receive regular game time they could be a part of the Rugby World Cup squad.

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