Argentine second row Javier Lagioiosa has re-signed with French Pro D2 club Vannes. The 33-year-old has signed a new contract with the club that will keep him at the Stade de la Rabine for at least another two seasons. The rise to Pro D2 from Fédérale 1 has seen the 2.00m (6’7″) lineout specialist soar to new heights, playing more games and minutes this season than in any before at the club.
Currently in his sixth season in Vannes, Lagioiosa came to France in 2011 from La Plata. He had previously spent three years in Italy first with Colleferro and then Calvisano. On the recommendation of Argentine flyhalf Juan Mistura, Vannes brought Lagioiosa from the north of Italy to the west coast of France and he has not looked back.
Vannes are currently 10 points above Albi for the second relegation spot and with only three rounds to go look in good shape to retain their spot in Pro D2 next season. Other Americas players currently at the club include a trio of his countrymen in Ramiro Pacheo, Martín García Veiga, and Bautista Güemes, as well as USA international Eric Fry and Canadian midfielder Conor Trainor. Fry has recently extended his stay at the club while Trainor has surprisingly opted to move to Nevers next season.