The Brumbies have confirmed the signing of Argentina scrum-half Tomás Cubelli who will join the Canberra based outfit on a two-year deal.
Cubelli has been a standout player for los Pumas this year including a number of strong performances in the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
He has 45 Test caps for his country, the most recent being the third-place play-off at the World Cup against South Africa.
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 Tomás for the next two seasons,” Jones told the Brumbies' official website.
“We started our discussions with Tomás 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 Tomás 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 program 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 Tomás for the Brumbies is just an extension of this development commitment.
“One of the UAR concerns was whether Tomás 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.
“Tomás is a fantastic reader of the game, he is a great attacking scrum-half and very physical. He has a great pass and solid kicking game which will really suit our style of play.
"I really think playing under Stephen Larkham and alongside world-class players such as Christian Lealiifano and Matt Toomua, Tomás will really come into his own.
"He has always had a desire to learn and grow as a player and we think we can help him do that here at the Brumbies.
“Tomás brings something new, not only to the Brumbies but to the whole competition.
“Super Rugby has established itself over 20 years as the premier rugby competition in the world and the dominance for the Southern Hemisphere nations confirms this.
"The innovation and the fluidity of players moving between clubs provides great quality rugby and the interest in rugby is growing every year. It is fantastic to see players from different nations lining up to play Super Rugby.”
Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has been heavily involved in the recruitment of Tomás, meeting him in Sydney prior the commencement of The Rugby Championship.
“We’ve seen through his performances in The Rugby Championship and the great form he showed at the Rugby World Cup, particularly against the All Blacks, Tomás has the necessary skills and knowledge of the game to successfully fit into our structure, and be a game-breaker in Super Rugby,” said Larkham.
A UAR Spokesperson said Cubelli has the blessing of Argentina’s governing body to link with the Brumbies for the next two years.
“We wish Tomás all the best on his move to the Brumbies. Linking with Stephen Larkham and the Brumbies world-class program will allow Tomás to develop his skills in the world’s hardest club competition.
“Tomás has spoken of his desire to still represent Los Pumas while he is signed to the Brumbies and this contract will allow him to do so, which is great news for our national team.
“The entry of an Argentine franchise to Super Rugby will allow our sport and our players to continue to develop, underpinned by participation in this great tournament which is something that fills us with joy and pride.
“Tomás is an Argentine player who has developed from grassroots to the professional game.
"Entry to Super Rugby will give our top players, like Tomás, an incredible opportunity to grow and our fans the chance to enjoy watching our elite players going up against the best players in the world.”