Dragons secure signing of Argentina international Rodrigo Martinez

Rodrigo Martinez made his Test debut for Argentina in 2021
Rodrigo Martinez made his Test debut for Argentina in 2021
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Dragons have announced the signing of Argentina international prop Rodrigo Martinez ahead of the 2023/24 season.

Martinez made his professional rugby debut with Jaguares XV in 2019 and also played for Ceibos and Olímpia Lions before joining Wasps in 2021.

Following a series of impressive performances, Martinez signed an extended contract only to suffer an injury that curtailed his appearances for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.

Even though, he returned back to the squad for the 2022/23 season, the club entered into administration following which he returned to Argentina starting eight matches for Pampas XV in the Super Rugby Americas since March.

“I’m really excited to join Dragons for the coming season and to be able to contribute with the team to have the best performance in the BKT United Rugby Championship and EPCR Challenge Cup," he told the club's official website.

“I can’t wait to now meet the Dragons family at Rodney Parade.”

Dragons head coach Dai Flanagan is excited by the signing of Martinez.

“We’re excited to welcome Rodrigo to the Dragons in the next couple of weeks and look forward to the impact he can make with us.

“Rodrigo has already played for his country at Test level and shown both the quality he possesses and his huge potential to keep improving. He will add real competition to our front row resources.

“Rodrigo has already spent time playing in England and is good friends with Gonzalo (Bertranou) so we’re confident he will settle quickly into our environment and make his mark.”