Pablo Bouza

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Pablo Bouza
Date of birth (1973-05-09) May 9, 1973 (age 40)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 15 st 10 lb (100 kg)
Professional clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2005 Harlequins RL
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Number eight, Flanker or Lock
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2006-present
2005-2006
-2005
Leeds Carnegie
Harlequins
Duendes
correct as of 25 September 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1996-present Argentina 38 (45)
correct as of 25 September 2007.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
1994-2001 Argentina 7
correct as of 25 September 2007.

Pablo Bouza (born 9 May 1973 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina) is a rugby union player and former rugby league player who has so far won 38 caps playing at No 8, flanker or lock for the Argentine rugby union side. He currently plays club rugby in England with Leeds Carnegie (formerly Leeds Tykes), who played the 2007-08 season in the top-level Guinness Premiership after winning the National Division One title in 2006-07.

He made his international test debut at the age of 26 on 8 June 1996 against Uruguay in an 37-18 victory. He missed out on selection for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, but when selected for the 2003 Rugby World Cup he scored four tries in two games and was the only forward in the top ten try scorers. Bouza has so far scored nine test tries in his 38 appearances for Argentina.

He played for Duendes de Rosario in Argentina where he was captain before moving to the English club NEC Harlequins in August 2005 in National Division One. He made only five appearances for the Quins in their promotion winning season.

He joined Leeds Tykes for the National Division One 2006/07 season on a one-year deal. He was the Tykes 16th signing of the pre-season and he made his debut against London Welsh on 3 September 2006 at Headingley. He replaced Chris Murphy who had retired.

He is the 5th Argentine international in Tykes colours after Octavio Bartolucci, Hernan Senillosa, Diego Albanese and Martin Schusterman.

Director of Rugby Stuart Lancaster said at the time: "Pablo is a vastly experienced international second row who will be a great addition to our squad for next season. I have spoken to Dean Richards, his coach last season, regarding his qualities and he has nothing but praise for him both for his ability and his attitude to the game. He will give us good strength in the second row and I am looking forward to having him in our group."

For the second straight year, Bouza was a member of the team that earned promotion to the Guinness Premiership.

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