Canberra - Australian Super Rugby side, the Brumbies, have announced the signing of Argentine scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli on a two-year deal.
Cubelli, 26, was a standout player for Los Pumas this year
including a number of strong performances in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Cubelli boasts 45 Test caps for his country, the most recent
being the Bronze Final at the RWC against South Africa, in which he started at
Brumbies CEO Michael Jones said Cubelli was presented a
number of options after a very successful international season, including the
new Argentinian Super Rugby side which will boast 21 of their RWC semi-final
squad, and was very happy to have secured the international star.
“We are extremely fortunate to have secured Tomas for the
next two seasons,” Jones told the Brumbies’ official website.
“We started our discussions with Tomas and the Argentine
national body early in the year and whilst it has been a very long process, we
feel our perseverance has well and truly paid off.
“The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) have been fantastic
throughout the entire period. Obviously Tomas is a very valuable property for
them but they have taken a very mature and strategic view that, as one of their
key players for the future, he would really benefit from being part of the
renowned Brumbies programme and playing alongside so many Wallabies and under
Wallaby attack coach Stephen Larkham.
“The UAR fully support the development of their elite
players and we have seen that their efforts over the past few years are really
bearing dividends with a great RWC campaign. Securing Tomas for the Brumbies is
just an extension of this development commitment.
“One of the UAR concerns was whether Tomas would be
available for Los Pumas Test matches and we have assured them that we are keen
for him to continue his international career and to play at the top level,” Jones said.