Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 14: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro linked to joining Lyon

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Twenty-four year old Argentine international tighthead prop Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro is being chased down by French Top 14 club Lyon. Last season's second division champions are in need of a tighthead prop to act as a medical joker and see the current reserve Argentine right prop as an appropriate acquisition. Should the move eventuate then he would join Argentina's current starting number 3 in France. Ramiro Herrera joined Castres late last season and impressed, earning himself the starting tight-head prop position and playing in the Top 14 final. Both players have feared better than many expected after they were called up by Daniel Hourcade to replace the injured Juan Figallo and Maximilano Bustos. 

The potential move of Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro to Lyon follows confirmation that Juan martín Hernández wll be returning to France after christmas. The Pumas utility back is to join Toulon in place of the outgoing James O'Connor who is to return to Australia in search of a place in the Wallaby squad for Rugby World Cup 2015. 

Lyon is in need of a player right away but will wait until after the Rugby Championship to attain Tetaz Chaparro. Such a move would be for six months, therefore being of significant benefit to not only both player and club but also to Los Pumas. He would be free to join Argentina's squad for international duty in June 2015 and will also be able to play in November when Los Pumas face France, Italy and Scotland in Europe. 

A move to Lyon would see Tetaz Chaparro linking up with veteran Puma Juan Manuel Leguizamón. It would also be a return to the Top 14 after he previously played for Stade Français from 2011-2013. He then moved to Wales to play for the Dragons in the Pro 12 and received regular game time as the region's first choice tighthead prop. After having been suspended he decided to return to Argentina and Hourcade made it a worthwhile choice.

Capped eleven times by Argentina Tetaz Chaparro is in contention for a place in Argentina's World Cup squad next year. His most recent appearance for Argentina was against Australia on the Gold Coast this past Saturday. He is credited with improving the scrum when he entered in place of Herrera in the second-half. 

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