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Newcastle Falcons sign Puma Pedro Rubiolo

By Ian Cameron
CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 09: Pedro Rubiolo of the Argentinian Rugby together with fellow players take part in a training session ahead of their match with Wales as part of the Autumn International series on November 09, 2022 at Cardiff and Vale College in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Huw Fairclough/Getty Images)

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed the signing of Pedro Rubiolo, a versatile forward who can play in the back row or second row.

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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.”

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finn 7 hours ago
Why the world needs a reverse Lions tour

I think there’s a lot of reasons this wouldn’t work, but if we’re just proposing fun things how about a “World Series” held the june/july following a world cup. The teams competing each four years would be: the current world champions The Pacific Islands The British & Irish Lions The World XV Barbarians FC to ensure all teams are fairly evenly matched, the current world champions would name their squad first; then The Pacific Islands would name next, and would be able to select any pacific qualified players not selected by the world champions, including players already “captured” by non-pacific nations who would otherwise have been eligible for selection (eg. Bundee Aki); the Lions would select next; and then The World XV and Barbarians FC would be left to fight over anyone not selected. Some people will point out that 5 teams is too many for a mid-year round robin, particularly as it would be nice to have a final as well; and they would be right! But because we’re just having fun here we’re going to innovate an entirely new format for rugby, where the round robin is played in one stadium over the course of one day, with each game lasting just 40 minutes with no half time or change of ends. The round robin decides the seedings for the knockouts, which are contested by all 5 teams in one stadium over the course of one day, according to the following schedule: Knockout Round 1: seed 5 v seed 4 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Quarter Final: winner of Round 1 v seed 3 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Semi Final: winner of Quarter Final v seed 2 (contested over 1 half of indetermined length, finishing when one team reaches 7 points) ~ 10 minute break ~ Final: winner of Semi Final v seed 1 (played as a standard 80 minute rugby match) for the round robin, teams would name a 15 man starting lineup and a 16 man bench. Substitutions during games can only be made for injuries, but any number of substitutions can be made between games. The same rules apply for the finals, except that we return to having a regular 8 man bench, and would allow substitutions as normal during the 80 minute final.

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