Allori On Toulouse Test

ImageAugusto Allori believes he may be able to hand Edinburgh an advantage over Toulouse in Saturday's Heineken Cup Pool Six match at Murrayfield (kick off 3.30pm) because the Argentine prop speaks French more fluently than English.

The 28-year-old moved to the Scottish capital in the summer from Italian champions Benetton Treviso, but cut his teeth in European rugby in France with Brive and Tarbes.

As a result, Allori, who speaks Spanish, Italian, French and now English, admits his linguistic skills may give Edinburgh the upper hand when it comes to deciphering Toulouse's line-out calls.

Allori joked: "I hope I can help Edinburgh in some way, but my French is better than my English right now.

"I have played against Toulouse before in the French Cup and I know they are a magnificent team. It will be a tough challenge for Edinburgh and for myself, but that is one of the reasons why I joined the club; to get tested on a regular basis."

The 28-year-old front rower scored in the recent draw against Ospreys and is currently jockeying for a starting spot at the coalface of the scrum against the likes of Allan Jacobsen, Geoff Cross, Craig Smith and Gavin Kerr.

And Allori realises the competition for places will enhance his chances of regaining his place in Argentina's squad and help him add to his two caps for the Pumas.

He said: "I was very proud to see Argentina reach the World Cup semi-finals and now there is a lot of interest back home in Argentina as a result of the tournament.

"It maybe will never reach football's popularity in Argentina, but the people were very happy to see the team do well and I would love to get back into the Pumas team by playing well for Edinburgh."

Since moving to the club in June, Allori admits he feels settled in the Scottish capital and has a group of Argentine friends, but revealed he misses one aspect of home " the special tea: mate (pronounced mar-tay).

He said: "It is good I have friends here in Edinburgh away from rugby. That has helped me to settle in and everybody at the club has been very welcoming. But yes I do miss the mate tea, although I have found places that sell good coffee."