Bedford Blues new prop Tomas Gilardon Paz has landed in the UK, has already made himself at home at Goldington Road and is itching to get his Blues career underway.

Just hours after stepping off the plane from New York, the Argentinian international was in the club’s kit room to be measured up for his new attire.

Tomas, who stands at six feet one inch tall and tips the scales at 19 stone, moves to Bedford from Buenos Aries side San Isidros whose most famous player was Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara.

The prop, who plays predominantly at tighthead but can fill in on the loose, studied at the Universidad del Salvador before picking up three caps for his country during the spring.

Speaking about the arrival, 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 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 but he got that honour when he was picked against Chile this year. He’s about fifth or sixth in the prop reckoning for Argentina, that’s why he wasn’t on the tour, but he is on the fringe of international honours.”


Tomas Gilardon Paz