Newcastle Falcons sign Puma Pedro Rubiolo
Newcastle Falcons have confirmed the signing of Pedro Rubiolo, a versatile forward who can play in the back row or second row.
He has joined the Gallagher Premiership side on a two-and-a-half-year contract.
The 6 foot 3 Argentinian made his test debut for his country against South Africa in September and was part of the national team’s European tour in November. Rubiolo, who recently turned 20, has also played for the Jaguares XV in the Súper Liga Americana de Rugby and Argentina Under-20s.
He has arrived in the UK and begins training with his new club today, becoming the fourth Argentinian international on the Falcons’ roster, along with Matias Orlando, Mateo Carreras, and Matias Moroni.
Head coach Dave Walder said: “Pedro has been capped by his country at just 19 years of age, and will also have benefited from being on their recent European tour.
“It is obviously challenging to be joining a club mid-season with having to learn the language, new systems and all the rest of it, but he looks to have the ability and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can add to our group.
“Our Argentina boys obviously know him from their international camp so will be able to help ease his transition, and it’s great to be able to add to the squad as we look to really attack the back half of the season.”