27th Jun, 2022

RUGBY UNION - Wasps prop Rodrigo Martinez signs contract extension for next season

WASPS have confirmed that prop Rodrigo Martínez has extended his contract with the club for next season.

The Argentina international joined Wasps in December last year from Súper Liga Americana de Rugby side Olímpia Lions.

And the loosehead prop made his Wasps debut on Boxing Day against London Irish before making three further appearances before picking up an Achilles injury in the warm-up before the win over Saracens at the end of January.

The 23-year-old made his international debut for Argentina in September last year and has gone on to earn three caps, the most recent of which came in the Autumn Nations Cup against France in November.

Wasps Head Coach Lee Blackett said: “We are extremely happy that Rodrigo has agreed a new contract with us.

“We were gutted when Rodrigo picked up his injury last month. He had just started to get some game time and hit some form.

“We were very impressed by what we saw in training and matches in his short amount of time at the Club so far, and we are looking forward to seeing him back in Black and Gold next season.”

Martínez added: “I have really enjoyed my short time at Wasps so far and I am very happy to commit my future to the Club.

“The players, coaches and back-room staff have been very welcoming to me since my arrival and hopefully I can repay them with some good performances in a Wasps shirt.

“I am looking forward to getting back playing at Coventry Building Society Arena in front of our wonderful fans next season.”

Last year was somewhat of a breakthrough season for Martínez and he was recruited by Paraguayan side Olímpia Lions to play in the Súper Liga Americana de Rugby (SLAR).

Martínez earned his international call-up off the back of his fine form for Olímpia, appearing eight times and scoring two tries in the SLAR.

The 6ft 2in Argentinian is a product of Los Tordos Rugby Club in Mendoza and was enlisted at the Argentinian Regional High-Performance Center.

And the 120kg forward has also represented Argentina under-20’s and Argentina’s second team, the Argentina XV.

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