Lucas González Amorosino
|Full name||Lucas Pedro González Amorosino|
|Date of birth||2 November 1985|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (13 st 12 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
He was given a trial by Leicester before the start of the 2009/10 season, he was later given a full contract ahead of French international Nicolas Jeanjean who was also at Leicester on a trial basis at the time.
González Amorosino made an instant impression, scoring 4 tries in his first 6 matches, including 2 in the opening two rounds of the Heineken Cup and one in Leicester's win against a South African touring XV at Welford Road.
However he suffered a stress fracture in his leg early in November in an LV Cup match and missed the 2010 November internationals. The Argentina management hit out at Leicester for playing him in two matches in three days.
He returned from his injury in January 2010 but from this point onwards he played very little for Leicester, despite the good start to his career at Leicester.
González Amorosino played for Argentina during the 2010 mid year tests against Scotland and France, starting 2 of the 3 matches.
Lucas was given very few chances in his second season, he played just 3 matches in which he scored 2 tries. He played for Argentina during the 2010 November internationals, and played well setting up a try against in the Pumas victory over Italy.
He left Leicester at the end of the season and joined French Top 14 side Montpellier in search of game time. On Amorosino's departure the Leicester coach Richard Cockerill commented "he has not developed and come on as well as we would have both liked." However it could be said that Amorosino was unfairly ignored during his time at Leicester. In total Amorosino scored 6 tries in 11 starts for Leicester.
Lucas played for Argentina in the 2011 Rugby World Cup, and played in all the Pumas matches apart from the first match against England. He was named man of the match against Romania, earning himself a place on the bench against Scotland. Against Scotland he scored the late match winning try for Argentina to help them through to the quarter finals, the try was seen as one of the best of the tournament. Amorosino made the second highest linebreaker throughout the World Cup.
He was part of Argentine squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup in England.
In October 2015, it was announced that González Amorosino had joined Irish Pro12 side Munster on a three-month contract. Amorosino made his European Rugby Champions Cup debut on 14 November 2015, coming off the bench in Munster's opening 2015–16 pool game against Treviso.
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- Stafford, Mikey (11 November 2009). "Argentina rail at Leicester's use of Lucas Amorosino". The Guardian. London.
- "Montpellier make use of awesome Amorosino". 7 December 2011.
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- "Lucas Gonzalo Amorosino - Did he score the try of the World Cup?". 6 October 2011.
- "Top five tries of RWC 2011". 24 October 2011.
- "Lucas González Amorosino second best linebreaker at World Cup". 25 October 2011.
- "Le Racing grimace, Amorosino s'éclate". 5 December 2011.
- "Confirmed Short-Term Contracts". munsterrugby.ie. 29 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
- "Lucas González Amorosino jugará en Los Jaguares". ESPN Deportes (in Spanish). 5 February 2016. Retrieved 5 February 2016.