Friday, May 27, 2011

Felipe Contepomi has confirmed move to Stade Français Paris

Pumas captain, Felipe Contepomi in an interview with Argentine site,, has himself confirmed that he will be ending his time at Toulon to join fellow Top 14 side, Stade Français Paris on a two year contract after the Rugby World Cup. In doing so, Contepomi, will join five fellow Argentine international players, four of whom are certainties for the World Cup (Rodrigo Roncero, Gonzalo Tiesi, Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga and Juan Manuel Leguizamón). Former Pumas prop Pedro Ledesma also plays for the club as does Argentine born Italian international captain, Sergio Parisse. Stade Français have had troubles in the flyhalf position with departing pivot, Lionel Beauxis unable to get the backs going. Contepomi will be charged with resolving the problems in the inside backs and will have a leadership role.

Contepomi´s move to Paris will see him reunited with his former Leinster coach, Michael Cheika with the pair seemingly on a mission to see Stade Français return to its satus as one of the premier European sides after having two poor seasons in the Top 14. The team has been overtaken by fellow Parisian side Racing Metro over the past two seasons which coincidently is the club of Stade Français´ former star, Juan Martín Hernández . Contepomi´s move to Stade Français will see the Pumas pair playing in the same city for the first time ever. Racing Metro is also the home of Pumas prop Juan Pablo Orlandi and backrower Alvaro Galindo.

Contepomi leaves Toulon after a productive but unstable time at the club which has seen highs and lows including making the Top 14 semi finals and the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals. Contepomi first played professionally in 2002 in England for former Premiership side Bristol. After two years at the club he moved to Ireland to play for Leinster from 2004-2009, during which time he became a qualified doctor, Celtic League champion and Heineken Cup champion. His two year stay at Toulon involved 41 matches with Contepomi playing 10, 12 and 13 and scoring a total of 165 points and playing a total of 1096 minutes of rugby.

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