Ulster have signed Argentinian Tighthead Prop Fredeio (Frio) Lopal.

Lopal aged 19 is currently playing for amateur side Buenos Aires but received rave reviews during a recent Under 19 tournament and has attracted the attention of Leicester and Stade Francais.

Lopal was drawn to the attention of Ulster by new coach Matt Williams after Lopal had had a brief trial with West Harbour RFC in Sidney and it is believed that Williams was quick to act once he was appointed Ulster Coach.

At 6ft 2in and 19 stone Lopal will be a welcome addition to the hard working Ulster Front Row.


  1. Gary Grousebeater on

    Because of my vast rugby experience (non-playing scrum-half and vice-captain of Ballynure 5ths), I have been recommending good signings to some big fella at UR. As a result, I expect we will soon be told of the acquisition of the famous Martian international, Roli A Flop. It will be a great advantage that he can play both tighthead and loosehead prop. Indeed, owing to the unusual form of the Martian body, he can play both at the same time. His 8 feet long middle arm is useful at lineouts, as long as we don’t re-sign Paul Shields. His lack of any legs is a shame, but he can slither surprisingly quickly, although I have to admit he is scarcely any faster than Justin Fitzpatrick.