Juan Pablo Socino signed for Newcastle Falcons in the summer of 2014 on the back of an excellent season with Rotherham Titans which saw him named as RFU Championship Player of the Season and Golden Boot winner, having scored 261 points for the Yorkshire side. The Argentine made the best possible first impression on Kingston Park Stadium when he scored a try on his home debut during a pre-season friendly against his former club. Having previously played for Argentinean side Los Matreros, French club Dax, Welsh club Tonmawr, Spanish club Santboiana and English club Nottingham, Socino’s arrival in Newcastle represented his first venture into the top flight of English rugby. His first season here saw the blockbusting centre impress with 27 first team appearances, scoring 98 points in the process and making a name for himself not only amongst Falcons fans but across the league and beyond. After representing his country at Under 19 and 20 levels as well as for Agentina’s A team the Jaguars, Socino collected his first senior international cap in his country’s historic test against the All Blacks in July 2015, going on to play for the Pumas in the 2015 Rugby World Cup before making 16 Premiership appearances in 2015-16. The 2016-17 campaign once again saw him as a key figure, playing 21 of 22 Premiership games and dotting down six tries. Away from rugby he is a keen chef, and has spent time working in a number of restaurants with a view to a potential post-rugby career.