Tomas Cubelli, the Argentina scrumhalf, will be heading back home to join Los Jaguares after an injury-blighted period with the Brumbies.

The 58-Test halfback was signed by the Brumbies in 2016 and there were high hopes for his future. However, he managed to play in just 18 games in his two seasons with the team. For the majority of this season he was side lined with a serious knee injury.

After his transfer was confirmed he released a statement that said, “I had a very enjoyable two seasons at the Brumbies and thank everyone connected with the club for their support during my time here. The Brumbies are a very special organisation and I feel privileged to have been able to play for such a great team.”

Two weeks ago Cubelli played in the Brumbies’ quarterfinal defeat to the Hurricanes and the team’s fans may have another chance to see him in action when the Pumas play a Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies in the Australian capital in September.

As a result of Cubelli’s departure, the young scrumhalf Joe Powell will be carrying considerably more responsibility. He performed well during Cubelli’s absences and he also made his Wallabies debut during the June internationals.

The Brumbies have also let go of journeyman flanker Chris Alcock. Alcock, a former Waratah and Western Force player, is now heading to Japan. However, David Pocock is set to fill the breach next season when he returns to action in Canberra after a year’s sabbatical.

In other Rugby Union news, the Highlanders have appointed former All Blacks centre Aaron Mauger as their head coach on a new three-year contract. He will be replacing Tony Brown, who is also heading to Japan, and has taken the job after he was sacked by the Leicester Tigers in March.