Juan Pablo Socino to swap Newcastle for Edinburgh

Date published: March 5 2018

Edinburgh have announced the signing of Newcastle Falcons centre Juan Pablo Socino on a two-year contract from the start of the 2018/19 season.

Socino – who can also operate at fly-half – has been capped four times by Argentina and was a key figure in Los Pumas’ successful 2015 World Cup campaign in which they reached the semi-final stage.

The playmaker joined current club Newcastle in 2014 and has since made 87 appearances for the Kingston Park outfit, scoring 166 points in the process.

On securing a move to the Scottish capital, Socino said: “I’m thrilled to be joining Edinburgh next season in what I believe is an ambitious project that I can’t wait to get stuck into.

“Edinburgh is a great city with a huge rugby culture and I want to contribute to that with everything I can.

“The opportunity to play in a new competition – the Guinness PRO14 – and in a new country is also hugely exciting from a personal point of view."

Head coach Richard Cockerill said: “We’re really pleased that Juan Pablo will joining the club next season. He’s a fantastic player, who has showcased his attacking talents at both Newcastle and Rotherham.

“He’s an experienced, strong ball carrier and he will only improve our squad heading into next season.”