Juan Manuel Leguizamon joins Argentina's Super Rugby franchise
Last Updated: 02/09/15 4:52pm
Juan Manuel Leguizamon has agreed a two-year contract with Argentina's new Super Rugby franchise.
The Pumas back-row forward, who is set to play at his third World Cup, is leaving Europe after a decade playing for London Irish, Stade Francais and Lyon to join a growing number of top Argentine players returning home.
"My priority has always been to play for the Pumas and when the idea of the franchise came up for the first time, from that moment I've been desperate to be a part," said Leguizamon.
"Many things made this decision easy. The project is incredible. To be able to play in Super Rugby is extraordinary."
Leguizamon, who has played for Argentina in of all their Rugby Championship campaigns since they joined the competition in 2012, has penned a two-year deal starting on January 1.
Argentina, who meet holders New Zealand, Georgia, Tonga and Namibia in Pool C at the World Cup, are in England preparing for a final warm-up against Marcos Ayerza's club Leicester Tigers on Saturday in the Pumas prop's testimonial.
They will then continue their preparations in the south of Portugal ahead of their World Cup opener against the All Blacks at Wembley on September 20.