Exeter Chiefs sign Pumas international flyhalf

Exeter Chiefs have bolstered their backline options with the capture of Argentine international Ignacio Mieres.


The 23-year-old fly-half, who has previously played in France for both Perpignan and Stade Francais, has been brought in to offer another option in the number ten jersey.


Born in Buenos Aries, Mieres was on hand to see his new club narrowly go down 12-9 to London Irish in Saturday’s Aviva Premiership encounter at Sandy Park.


His arrival is timely, especially as Exeter leading point-scorer Gareth Steenson hobbled out of the action following a heavy collision midway through the second half of that game. Steenson is due to be scanned shortly to determine the severity of his injury


Mieres, though, arrives in Devon with a wealth of talent and experience having also trialled at Leicester Tigers in the past. He joins the Chiefs from Argentine club side Deportiva Francesa and could well get an immediate run out in Monday night’s A League fixture away to London Irish.


Head coach Rob Baxter is delighted to welcome the four-capped international into the playing ranks, stating: “In the games we watched him playing for Stade he’s a very good tactical kicker and can kick a long way but also he likes to play a bit of rugby, he’s a fairly big guy for a 10 so he will carry.


“His all-round game is pretty good. I think he played about 10 games last season for Stade Francais so he’s got a bit of pedigree and he’s a capped Argentinean international as well.


“He brings a bit of experience in a position where we felt about two months ago we were a bit thin. As it happens, with Steeno taking a knock on Saturday, his timing’s pretty good.


“He’ll be at training on Monday and we’ll start to work with him from there. He may well feature on Monday night for half a game and then we’ll see how things go. If Steeno’s knock is bad enough to keep him out he may well feature some time next weekend.”


With options at fly-half somewhat limited for Baxter, he admits the need for cover has been something he has been looking for over a period of weeks.


Baxter added: “It got to the stage a couple of weeks before the season started when Ryan was carrying a knock and wasn’t available for the pre-season games that we had a chat and felt very light wihtout a third specialist fly-half.


“That’s why we decided to move and we didn’t want to just go out and scramble for anybody who was available around the country, we wanted to bring someone in who we thought would add something to the squad and add a bit of pedigree.


“We had a good look around, found this guy and we’ve been working to get him over from Argentina for the last six or eight weeks.”


The Exeter coach also believes the arrival of Mieres will help add yet more competition in another area of his talented squad.


“We’ve got a lot of games, we’ve got the LV and the Amlin, and people are going to get bumps and bruises,” he said.


“We’re pleased he’s here now, he’ll get stuck in on Monday, we’ll have a look at him on Monday night and we’ll see how it goes from there.”

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