Argentina prop Juan Figallo announces retirement

Juan Figallo joined Saracens from Montpellier in 2014

Argentina and Saracens prop Juan Figallo has announced his retirement from professional rugby with immediate effect.

The 32-year-old's decision follows after he failed to make sufficient recovery from a head injury that he sustained during Argentina's World Cup campaign in Japan last year.

Figallo made his international debut for the Pumas in 2010 and has gone on to play 33 Tests including appearances in the 2011, 2015 and 2019 World Cup campaigns.

His professional rugby career started with Montpellier in 2009 and five years later he switched to Saracens where he enjoyed four Premiership titles and three European Champions Cup victories.

“Juan epitomises everything it takes to be a good teammate. A brilliant performer on the field, he has led the way in what tighthead props are capable of," said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall.

“Off the field, Chipi struck a perfect balance of always pushing to improve his game and having fun with his teammates. He has been a great example and mentor to our younger players.

“We wish Juan, Trini and their family well for the future and thank them for their enormous contribution to our club.”