London Irish can today confirm the signing of Argentina international Ignacio Ruiz.
The 21-year-old hooker joins up with the Exiles with immediate effect, adding to Irish’s already plentiful contingent of Argentine talent.
Ruiz has played a part in Argentina’s recent strong form, coming off the bench in wins over Scotland in July as well as aiding in Los Pumas’ first win over England in 13 years in the Autumn Nations Series.
Declan Kidney, London Irish Director of Rugby, pronounced his delight in being able to tie down Ruiz’s services.
“I’d like to welcome Ignacio to the Club, myself and the coaching team believe he will be a great fit here as an Exile and will be made to feel welcome by his fellow countrymen and new teammates alike.
“His capabilities have been trusted on the international stage recently, his impressive showings at such a young age have made him a great prospect so we are delighted to have him here with us.”
Last season, Ruiz spent his time between Jaguares XV in the Super Liga Americana and Regatas Bella Vista in Argentina’s URBA Top 13 domestic league competition.
His fourth and most recent Argentina appearance came against Gregor Townsend’s side in November, and the front-row forward can’t wait to get started in Premiership rugby.
“I’m really looking forward to joining Declan and the team in London, it is a big opportunity for me to join a Club like London Irish,” Ruiz commented.
“I have enjoyed playing Test rugby recently with my country, and I feel playing with London Irish will be another big step in the right direction for my career.”