Saturday, February 21, 2015

Guinness Pro 12: Bautista Güemes signs for Treviso

Photo Rugby Champagne Web
The demand for Argentine players abroad continues with the uncapped Bautista Guemes being the latest player contracted to play professional rugby in Europe. The 24 year old has joined Italian side Benetton Treviso to play in the Guinness Pro 12 for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season. Him joining the Celtic-Italian league's team comes after having played impressive rugby in Buenos Aires for his club CUBA but not being short-listed for a place in the Pampas XV squad that is now in Australia preparing for the World Rugby Pacific Rugby Challenge.  

Having guided Universitario de Buenos Aires Club (CUBA) to URBA titles fly half Bautista Guemes is now to become a professional player. But rather than joining the Pampas XV he is to play in the Guinness Pro 12. Guemes was not selected for the Argentine side and has also not been offered a contract to play for Argentina's Super Rugby franchise. He will, nonetheless, play at the elite level shortly as he moves to Italy. 

Guemes will play for Benetton Treviso joining former Pumas second-rower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli and uncapped front-rowers Juan Ymaz and Romulo Acosta. He is the fourth fly half at the club joining James Amrosini, Joe Carlisle and Simone Ragusi. Amrosini started in last night's impressive 40-24 home win over the Cardiff Blues.

Benetton Treviso is currently sitting in 11th place in the Celtic-Italian league. With 18 competition points it is 8 ahead of Zebre and is therefore looking safe to qualify for the 2015-2015 European Rugby Champions Cup as Italy's team. The clubs could, however, finish the current season higher. Welsh regions the Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons are within reach of Treviso at present. 

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