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Another Los Pumas star finds a home in England

TRANSFER NEWS: Powerhouse Argentinian back row Santiago Grondona has joined Bristol Bears, the club confirmed.

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The 14-cap Los Puma, who can operate across the back row and in the second row, made a mid-season switch from Exeter Chiefs to French Top 14 side Pau in February 2023.

The 24-year-old played a starring role for Argentina in their dramatic last-gasp victory over Australia, making ten tackles as the Pumas won 31-34.

Director of Rugby, Pat Lam said: “Santiago is a versatile, powerful back row forward and we’re pleased to bring in a player of his quality to bolster the depth in our pack ahead of the new season.

“He has been outstanding in international rugby over the past 12 months and continues to go from strength to strength. He will add huge value to us on and off the field and we look forward to him joining up with the squad.”

Grondona said: “I am very eager to arrive in Bristol to meet my new teammates, and I’m really looking forward to working with Pat.

“Playing at Ashton Gate in front of our fans is going to be amazing too and I will give everything to make sure we achieve our goals this season.”

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