Pumas prop joins Highlanders

02nd Oct 2013, 06:21

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Happy: Jamie Joseph

Happy: Jamie Joseph

The Highlanders have announced that young Argentinian tighthead prop Matias Diaz has signed a one-year deal with the franchise.

The Highlanders have announced that young Argentinian tighthead prop Matias Diaz has signed a one-year deal with the franchise.

20-year old Diaz plays for the Teqüe Rugby Club rugby in Argentina, and made his Test debut for the Pumas this year against Uruguay in the South American Championships.

Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph commented that Diaz will be a welcome addition to the team for the coming season.

"Matias is a good young player from what I have seen so far," he said.

"He's already proven that he can play at international level against the best teams in the world, so his talent is evident."

After making his test debut against Uruguay, Diaz then played for the Argentinian U20 team at the IRB Junior World Champions in France. He was then re-selected in the Pumas squad for the Test Championship and most recently played against South Africa in Soweto.

Highlanders general manager Roger Clark said that signing Diaz was a real coup for the Highlanders.

"We're really excited about Matias joining the team for next season," he said.

"There are not many quality tighthead props available in the NZ market, so to be able to confirm a young player of his potential is great news."

Diaz will join the Highlanders squad post his International commitments in November.