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Gloucester indicators Socino after Hanson exit

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Santiago Socino will join Gloucester from Jaguares until the end of the season. Hooker replaces James Hanson, who is returning to Australia; Socino was one of three Argentine players who were disciplined over the past year for making historical racist statements on social media

Last update: 03/02/21 11:30 am

Santiago Socino previously spent some time in England with the Newcastle Falcons

Gloucester has signed Argentine hooker Santiago Socino for the remainder of the season with immediate effect.

In addition to colleagues Pumas Pablo Matera and Guido Petti, Socino was temporarily suspended last year after racist statements became known on social media between 2011 and 2013.

All three were later re-enlisted on the team for the rest of the Tri-Nations before being directed to undergo training and complete community service.

Socino, who arrived in the UK earlier this week, is joining the Jaguares, replacing hooker James Hanson, who is returning to Australia.

✍️ Following the departure of James Hanson, Gloucester Rugby can also confirm the arrival of Argentine international hooker Santiago Socino.

Socino will join the squad from now on.

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– Gloucester Rugby (@gloucesterrugby) February 3, 2021

"Obviously we're sad that James left the club, but we also understand the options he has to return to Australia," said Alex Brown, Gloucester's chief operating officer.

"James was the absolute pro during his time at Kingsholm and we wish him all the best for the future.

"As James moved on, it was important for us to secure the services of another quality hooker, and Santiago fits that bill.

"Santiago comes with an international pedigree and a Premiership pedigree and will add extra strength to our hooker resources."

Socino has made four appearances for Argentina and was with the Newcastle Falcons in England between 2017 and 2019.

Gloucester is hoping he can help improve the bad start to the season, where they lost six of their seven league games and are at the bottom of the table.

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