Saracens sign Juan Figallo from Montpellier
May 24, 2014
Juan Figallo will be in the Aviva Premiership next season © Getty Images
Saracens have brought in Argentina tight-head Juan Figallo from Montpellier to replace the Sharks-bound Matt Stevens.
Figallo will vie with James Johnston for the No.3 berth at Saracens and Montpellier said he was leaving the club as he was no longer allowed to play in the Top 14. Figallo suffered a 'G3' injury in February and Ligue Nationale de Rugby rules state no player can run out in the French top flight with such an injury.
As Figallo was unable to reclassify the injury as a 'G2', he leaves Montpellier with two years left on his contract to join Saracens.
"He is an exemplary player, who is a huge part of the team and the club," said Montpellier president Mohed Altrad. "However, after injuring the neck with Argentina, he is no longer able to play rugby in France and this decision is very hard to accept for him as he worked hard to get back on the field; he feels ready.
"Juan had an opportunity to go to England. He asked us to let him go and there was no hesitation on our part to deprive him of his passion and go against his will. We wish him good luck for the future."
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