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Tomás Lavanini (born 22 January 1993) is an Argentine rugby union player who plays as a second row for Leicester Tigers in England's Premiership Rugby, the top division of domestic rugby. He previously played for the Argentine Super Rugby side Jaguares, before joining the Jaguares, he had played the 2014–15 Top 14 season with French side Racing Métro.[1][2][3]

Tomás Lavanini
Tomas Lavanini 2015 RWC.jpg
Full nameTomás Lavanini
Date of birth (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 26)
Place of birthBuenos Aires, Argentina
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight130 kg (20 st 7 lb; 287 lb)[1][2][3]
Rugby union career
Position(s) Lock
Current team Leicester Tigers
Youth Career
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2012–2014 Hindú 8 (5)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2014 Pampas XV 7 ()
2014–2015 Racing Métro 10 (0)
2016–2019 Jaguares 47 (10)
2019– Leicester Tigers 1 (0)
Correct as of 27 June 2019
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2013 Argentina U20 9 (0)
2013–2019 Argentina 53 (15)
Correct as of 18 September 2019


He represented Argentina Under 20 in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship.[4]

He made his senior debut for Los Pumas against Uruguay in April 2013 and was subsequently called into the squad for the 2013 Rugby Championship as injury cover for Manuel Carizza[5] where he made his championship debut as a 74th-minute substitute in his side's 17-22 defeat to South Africa on 24 August.[6]

Tomás was part of the national team that competed at the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Lavanini was red-carded in the second test against South Africa in the 2017 Rugby Championship, following two yellow cards being issued to him. Lavanini made his return from suspension at home against New Zealand in Buenos Aires only to be yellow-carded for a dangerous tackle.[citation needed]

On 6 May 2019, Leicester Tigers announced Lavanini's signing, with him set to join after the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[7]

He was red-carded for a high tackle on Owen Farrell in the pool game against England in the 2019 Rugby World Cup for which he received a four match ban.[8]

Lavanini is the most sin-binned rugby player in Argentina's history.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Tomás Lavanini Argentina Rugby Player Profile". UAR. Archived from the original on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Tomás Lavanini ESPN Scrum Player Profile". ESPN. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Tomás Lavanini Player Statistics". Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  4. ^ "Tomás Lavanini IRB JWC Player Profile". IRB. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Tomás Lavanini replaces the injured Manuel Carizza in Pumas squad". Rugby World Cup Argentina. Retrieved 25 August 2013.
  6. ^ "SA Rugby Match Centre – Argentina 17-22 South Africa". South African Rugby Union. 24 August 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2016.
  7. ^ "Leicester Tigers add Argentina enforcer Tomas Lavanini for next season". Daily Telegraph. 6 May 2019. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  8. ^ Daily Telegraph 5 October 2019
  9. ^ BBC Sport 7 October 2019