The 28-year-old center, Matías Orlando, will move in the first week of December to the Newcastle Falcons, with an 18-month contract. The English team returns to the Premiership after a campaign that had him undefeated when stopped by Covid.
In this way, the Tucuman who in 2019 reached the Super Rugby final with Jaguares and then played the World Cup with Los Pumas, will try his luck abroad.
Rugby Director Dean Richards said: “Matías has consistently shined internationally and in Super Rugby for several years.
“He has great quality both in terms of his skill set and his work ethic, and it’s a huge boost for us to be able to attract a player from his position in the world game.”
Born in Tucumán and playing his youth rugby with the Hiuirapuca club, Orlando played for Argentina’s Pampa XV in the South African Vodacom Cup competition, made his international debut in 2012 before quickly establishing himself as a regular in the national team.
The center scored a total of 15 tries in his 59 Super Rugby appearances, plus five tries internationally, Richards said: “He certainly knows how to get to the ingoal.
“He reads the game well and draws other people into the game, making it a tremendously exciting signing.” I am sure that our fans will really appreciate and enjoy what Matías brings to the table. ”
Newcastle’s return to the top flight was confirmed in April, with the club 18 points clear at the top of the Championship when the Coronavirus pandemic prematurely ended the season.
The Falcons won all 22 games last season, among all competitions, and will compete in the Premiership when the 2020-21 season begins towards the end of the year.