Argentinian centre Juan Del Val has signed new deal with Canterbury Rugby Club. The 28-year-old centre has played top-flight club rugby in Argentina for the past six seasons and represented the Buenos Aires regional side at under-19 and under-23 level.

The club are hoping to include Del Val in the squad which travels to meet Southend in National 2 South on Saturday, but are awaiting international clearance from the Argentina Rugby Union.

Canterbury spokesman David Haigh said: “We have been looking for an experienced centre for some time and Juan’s decision to come and play in Europe could not have come at a more opportune moment for us.”

Juan’s signing coincides with the unveiling of the new Canterbury pitch – an installation Of Artificial Grass adjacent to the Canterbury training field. It is an exciting time to be a Canterbury rugby fan!