Promising start

IPSWICH unveiled new Argentinian signing Luciano Silvera at the weekend, against Rochford Hundred at Humber Doucy Lane.The 29-year-old scored a well crafted try during his debut, and made a good impression on coaches and team-mates alike.

IPSWICH unveiled new Argentinian signing Luciano Silvera at the weekend, against Rochford Hundred at Humber Doucy Lane.

The 29-year-old scored a well crafted try during his debut, and made a good impression on coaches and team-mates alike.

Silvera, who has played at international level for his country, has family in the area, and has moved to England having spent time in Italy, to learn the language, and develop his rugby.

Luciano said: “England is the birthplace of rugby, and has some of the best players in the world.

“The Premiership delivers the highest level of rugby union in the world, so it makes sense for me to be here.

“I hope to use my time here to improve my English, and experience the culture, whilst also improving my game. I have only been here a week, but I have had a great time so far.

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“The club have been great, and have helped me find a fantastic house, as well as a full time job.

Silvera began his rugby career in Argentina, playing for the Buenos Aires provincial squad, and went on to appear for Argentina 'A'.

Frustrated by the fact that rugby was not a professional sport in his own country, he then moved on to Italy. While there he played for Florence RFC, and then AS Rugby Frascati.

He is the latest in a long list of high-calibre overseas players who have come to Ipswich looking to experience English rugby union, and he is likely to have a profound effect on the mid-table side's final league position this season.

Ipswich coach Andy Skipper said: “I was very pleased with the quality of play from Luciano during Saturday's match.

“I knew it was going to be hard to make a valid judgment on a player that has only had two sessions to bond with the team, as well as understanding our structure, philosophies and game plan, but was delighted at how well he coped.

“He had a great understanding of the game and this was most evident in the work he did off the ball, covering unmarked ground, running superb support lines, etc.

“I am very excited in the prospect of the weeks ahead, and his improvements as he becomes more comfortable with his surroundings and the club.”

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