BLUES ADD ARGENTINIAN BEEF TO FRONT ROW
Bedford Blues are pleased to announce the signing of Argentina international prop Tomas Gilardon Paz.
The 24 year old, who stands at six feet one inch tall and tips the scales at 19 stone, has most recently been playing rugby San Isidros in Buenos Aries.
The prop, who studied at the Universidad del Salvador, picked up three caps for his country during the spring.
Speaking about the signing, Blues Director of Rugby Mike Rayer said: "With Dan Seal’s injury taking longer than anticipated and Nic Auterac’s return to Saracens, we have been left with just four props for a couple of months now. We are delighted with Tomas’s signing as it means we will certainly have more depth and competition for places again, which can only be good for the squad.
"The Chairman has been incredibly supportive and proactive in getting Tomas to Goldington Road as it’s been an interesting process in getting his visa through. Geoff and Tony Sabey have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get him here and Tomas’s is raring to go.”
Blues Chairman Geoff Irvine added: “To get quality players at this time of the year is not easy. Argentina was as far as we had to go to find the right quality player. He is quite a big unit.
“We knew what we wanted. One, we had to track him down, and then had to go through all the paraphernalia to get him a work visa.
“We wouldn’t be able to get him in the country if he wasn’t a full international. He is an Argentinian front row player. He is predominantly a tighthead prop but can play both sides.
“He has played a full international for Argentina against Chile this year and is about fifth or sixth in the prop reckoning, that’s why he wasn’t on the tour, but he is on the fringe of international honours.”