Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino signs for Cardiff Blues

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino has won 37 caps for Argentina
Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino has won 37 caps for Argentina

Cardiff Blues have confirmed the signing of Argentina international Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

The 28-year-old utility back, who can play at wing or full-back, has had spells with Leicester Tigers and Montpellier.

The Puma will move to Cardiff Arms Park in the coming weeks on a deal until the end of the season.

Amorosino has won 37 caps for Argentina since his debut in 2009 and played in the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

The player, nicknamed Speedy because of his middle name, graduated to the professional ranks via Argentina Sevens and has also played for French top-flight club Oyonnax.

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino
Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino: "There is a great ambition to achieve success together. I hope to play my part and to give the fans the success they deserve."

His arrival at the Arms Park will come as Blues also prepare to welcome another versatile back in New Zealand-born, Welsh-qualified Gareth Anscombe.

Amorosino's signing could also compensate for the fact that Leigh Halfpenny's stint at Toulon would be cut short.

There was speculation about Halfpenny after Toulon president Mourad Boudjellal expressed unhappiness that the Wales and British and Irish Lions full-back had been injured since his summer arrival.

The club and player resolved the issues and Mark Hammett's Blues have now brought in Amorosino.

Hammett says backs coach Paul John is confident Buenos Aires-born Amorosino can make his mark.

"Johnsey has looked at him closely and we feel he can be a real success at Blues," said Hammett.

In a Blues statement Amorisino said: "There is a great ambition to achieve success together. I hope to play my part and to give the fans the success they deserve."

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