Rodrigo Bruni, born on 3 September 1993, is an Argentine rugby union player known for his impressive performances in the back row. He has made significant contributions to the national Argentina team, the Pumas, and has also gained experience playing for clubs in France.
Bruni's journey in rugby began at San Luis, a prominent club in La Plata, Argentina. He showcased his skills and determination, making 65 appearances for the club and accumulating 90 points since 2014. His performances caught the attention of the national selectors, and he was called up to the Argentina squad in 2017.
Although Bruni didn't make his test debut until the following year against Ireland, he quickly established himself as a key player for the Pumas. Known for his physicality and hard-hitting style of play, Bruni became a regular starter for the national team. He was a vital presence in the back row, providing powerful ball-carrying and strong defensive capabilities.
Bruni's talent and consistent performances earned him a place in the Jaguares, Argentina's Super Rugby franchise. He made 15 appearances for the team, including their remarkable journey to the Super Rugby Final, which showcased his abilities on a bigger stage.
In 2020, Bruni etched his name in Argentine rugby history when he started in the national team's first-ever win against the All Blacks. The Pumas' 25-15 victory over the formidable New Zealand side was a momentous achievement, and Bruni played a significant role in the historic triumph. He continued to represent Argentina in the Tri Nations tournament, accumulating a total of seven test caps.
In December 2020, Bruni made a move to French PROD2 club Vannes. This transfer provided him with an opportunity to experience a different rugby environment and further develop his skills at the professional level.
Rodrigo Bruni's powerful presence, hard-hitting style, and contributions to the Pumas have established him as a key figure in Argentine rugby. With his talent and determination, he continues to make an impact on both the domestic and international stages, representing his country with pride and distinction.
Ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023, Bruni has been named in the squad for Argentina.
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