Leinster have announced the signing of Argentinian international lock Mariano Galarza from Universitario de La Plata (Buenos Aires) on a short term contract.
Mariano Galarza stands at 6ft 8in, weighs 112kg and joins Leinster having been called up for Argentina’s recent summer Tests against Scotland, as well as the 41-13 victory over France in Galarza’s hometown of Buenos Aires.
A student of medicine, the 23-year-old lock was also selected for the Pumas’ end of year tour to Europe in 2008.
Commenting on the signing, Leinster team manager Guy Easterby said: “Mariano has made a real impression for Argentina since his senior international debut and we are pleased to have secured his signature as cover until the end of January.
“Obviously both Leo (Cullen) and Kevin (McLaughlin) will each miss a significant part of the early half of the season, so it is great that we have been able to cover them with a quality player.”