Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Frozen-Out Falcons Star Won't Cry for You, Argentina

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Frozen-Out Falcons Star Won't Cry for You, Argentina

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Byline: Mark Smith @markismith50 www.facebook.com/chroniclerugby

NEWCASTLE Falcons' Juan Pablo Socino is not bitter about the fact Argentina's new approach to international rugby means he cannot play for his country for the next three seasons.

The 27-year-old made his debut for the Pumas in their non-cap game against the French Barbarians in July, having shone in his first season for the Falcons.

The former Rotherham centre went on to appear in their Rugby Championship Test matches with Australia and South Africa prior to the Rugby World Cup, winning a further two caps against Namibia and South Africa during the tournament as the Pumas surged to the semi-finals.

I am really with what socino did all of and now forward of the this in the full knowledge that he would be ineligible for his country from 2016 onwards due to the Argentinian federation's decision to only pick domestic-based players.

Newcastle Argentina's new franchise, Los Jaguares, will feature in the southern hemisphere's Super Rugby from this year onwards, but Socino is committed to Newcastle until June 2018, having agreed a long-term deal.

The former RFU Championship player of the season said: "It wasn't in my head at all during the World Cup.

"I knew before the tournament that the rule was in place, and I signed my contract knowing that.

"I wasn't expecting anything in terms of a call-up but all of a sudden I was there, so I just went into the whole thing knowing what the situation was and determined to enjoy it while it lasted.

"I am really pleased with what I did, and now looking forward to the rest of the season with Newcastle."

Despite having played only a peripheral role for his country during the World Cup, Socino gained invaluable experience purely from being around the squad, and has no regrets about his participation in the tournament.

pleased He said: "I really enjoyed being at the World Cup. It was a massive surprise to be involved in the squads leading up to it, to play some games and then to be called up for the World Cup itself.

I did, looking the rest with "I didn't play as much as I wanted to during the tournament but it was amazing to be there, and to share it with my family when they travelled to England. …

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