Roncero set to retire?
April 19, 2012
Rodrigo Roncero on the charge for Stade © Getty Images
Stade Francais have confirmed that Rodrigo Roncero will not renew his contract with the club.
Aged 35, Roncero now looks set to bring down the curtain on his professional rugby career. Roncero arrived at Stade from Gloucester in 2004 and has made 151 appearances for the Parisian giants.
He has played in 48 Tests for the Argentinean national side and formed an epic front-row alongside Stade's current forwards coach Mario Ledesma and fellow prop Martin Scelzo.
With Stade hosting Perpignan on Saturday, it looks set to be Roncero's final outing for the team in front of their home crowd. Stade coach Michael Cheika has called on the team to put in a solid performance in tribute to the veteran prop.
Cheika said: "We must win for Rodrigo on Saturday to recognise everything he has brought to the club."
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