Edinburgh Rugby swoop for pair of Pumas
Edinburgh Rugby have pulled off a major coup ahead of the 2021/22 season with the signing of Argentinian international backs Emiliano Boffelli and Ramiro Moyano, subject to visa and medical.
Boffelli, 26 – who can operate at centre, wing or full-back – and Moyano, 31 – a full-back / winger – will bring a significant boost to the attacking threats of the Edinburgh Rugby backline.
Moyano, who has been capped 36 times and signs from RC Toulon, will join the squad’s pre-season preparations in the coming weeks, while Boffelli, capped 31 times, will make the switch in October following the conclusion of the Rugby Championship, having just recently left Racing 92.
On the duo’s signing, Edinburgh Rugby Head Coach Mike Blair, said: “Edinburgh Rugby have been in contact with both players for some time now, so it’s a real boost to have them join what is an already talented squad.
“I’m really excited to see both players perform and develop alongside our young Scottish talent. Competition for places is vital, so it’ll be great to see our younger stars improve and benefit from playing alongside guys of their international calibre.
“Both players have the capability to get supporters off their seats. Their arrivals, coupled with record season ticket sales for our new home, really adds to the excitement and anticipation for the coming season.”
Rosario-born Boffelli represented Argentina at both U18 and U19 level before being named in the U20 squad for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Junior World Cups.
The Puma playmaker made his Super Rugby debut for Jaguares in 2016 at the age of 21, but injury saw him miss the subsequent Test season, delaying his arrival on international stage.
Boffelli eventually made his Argentina debut against England in June 2017 and, after making 11 Test appearances that same season, was nominated for World Rugby Breakout Player of the Year.
A strong Super Rugby season in 2019 – that included a try in the semi-final victory over the Brumbies in Buenos Aries – saw Boffelli named Argentina’s starting full-back at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan, before securing a move to Top14 powerhouse Racing 92 in 2020.
On joining the capital club, Boffelli said: “I’m very excited and looking forward to this new challenge. Edinburgh is a great city. I was able to visit with the Pumas many times and really enjoyed it. Also, I would like to learn more about Scottish culture and history.
“I’m very much looking forward to being involved this coming season and I hope we can achieve something great with Edinburgh. It’s clear to see the club is moving in an exciting direction. The new stadium will really bring excitement to everyone involved and it’ll be great for the Scottish fans.
“For supporters who haven’t watched me play before, I consider myself a team player. I believe because of my versatility – full-back, wing or centre – I can adapt to the different ways of playing. I think I can add something extra to the team and the backline.
“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow and learn as a person and a player and to help the club to accomplish a successful season. Making new friends and connecting with Scottish fans will be fantastic.”
Born in Tucumán, 5ft 11in speedster Moyano rose through the Argentine age-grades at both U19 and U20 levels.
The Lince RC product made the move to international sevens circuit in 2013, where he represented Argentina in 16 tournaments, including the Rugby World Cup Sevens in Moscow.
Moyano made his senior international debut for Argentina while still playing sevens in 2011, coming off the bench and scoring a try in the 61-6 win over Chile.
He started against Scotland at BT Murrayfield in November 2018 – where he faced now Edinburgh Rugby teammates Grant Gilchrist, Jamie Ritchie and Hamish Watson – in the 14-9 defeat to Gregor Townsend’s side.
Moyano made just one appearance at Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan – starting in the side’s 21-23 defeat to France – before joining RC Toulon for the 2019/20 campaign.
On penning a deal with Edinburgh, Moyano said: “I’m really excited to get over to Scotland. I know the city, it’s beautiful, and I know quite a bit about the club too. I’m really happy to be part of the new challenge the club is preparing for.
“It’s awesome to be part of a club that is embarking on a new era, especially with the new stadium. The city breathes rugby and that’s incredible too and I hope a lot of people will come to watch the team play.
“As a winger or full-back, one of my main weapons is my speed, so I love the counter attacks. Another is my rugby intelligence on the field.
“I can’t wait to learn as much as possible while at the club and that will help me grow as a player and person. I really want to get to know Scottish rugby and its history and culture during my time with Edinburgh.”