|Full name||Tomás Cristian Leonardi|
|Date of birth||1 July 1987|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Weight||106 kg (234 lb; 16 st 10 lb)|
|Rugby union career|
Tomás Leonardi (born 7 January 1987 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is an Argentine rugby union footballer. He is currently unattached to a club.
Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts at each end.
A player for S.I.C. in Argentina, he also was included in the Argentinian high performance squad, the Pampas XV to play in the South African Vodacom Cup competitions in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
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He joined the South African team Southern Kings for the 2013 Super Rugby season.However, he made just one single substitute appearance, coming on as a 58th-minute substitute against the Chiefs.
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For the English team see Exeter Chiefs
He was initially named in their touring squad to Australasia for games against Crusaders, Hurricanes, Brumbies and Rebels,but were then recalled after the Kings fielded more than the allowed two foreigner players in their match against the Chiefs. He did, however, make four appearances for the Eastern Province Kings in the domestic 2013 Vodacom Cup tournament, with injury preventing him making more appearances.
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He left the Kings in July 2013and, after a few appearances for former side S.I.C. in the Torneo de la URBA in Argentina, he moved to Scotland to join Edinburgh Rugby.
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Leonardi was signed for the new Japanese Super Rugby team Sunwolves for the 2016 season but was later announced in the Leicester Tigers European cup squad in October 2016 as a temporary injury replacement for Mike Williams.Leonardi played part of the Anglo-Welsh Cup game against Bath in November 2016. Leonardi wasn't announced in the squad for the rest of the 2016/17 season. As of May 2017, Leonardi isn't recognised in the Tigers' squad list.
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