NEWS | Pumas playmaker Socino signs

Edinburgh have bolstered their backline options ahead of next season with the signing of Argentinian international Juan Pablo Socino.
The 29-year-old centre – who currently plays for English Premiership side Newcastle Falcons – has penned a two-year-deal and will join the club in the summer.
Socino – who can also operate at stand-off – 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 stages.
The playmaker joined current club Newcastle Falcons 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 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.”

After earning international honours for Argentina at both U19 and U20 levels, as well as Argentina Jaguars, Socino joined English Championship side Rotherham Titans in 2010.
It was at Clifton Lane where the Argentinian garnered a reputation for his abrasive, but skilful style of play. In two spells at the South Yorkshire club – with a single season at Nottingham in between - Socino notched an impressive 631 points in just 56 appearances.
After winning the Golden Boot and being named RFU Championship Player of the Season in 2014, Socino joined current club Newcastle Falcons and has since cemented himself as one of the Premiership side’s most consistent performers.
Socino has featured in 15 games this season as the Falcons have broken into the Premiership’s play-off places.