Friday, February 17, 2012

The UAR Signs 10 players on Professional Contracts

New Professional: Tomás de la Vega
The Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) will for the first time in its history, have 10 players offically signed as professionals. 

The list includes ten members of the High Performance Plan (PladAR) of the UAR, and is a historic step in the structure of Argentine rugby. At a meeting earlier this evening the players which involved the players that are currently concentrated in Tucumán, the President of the UAR, Luis Castillo and the Chairman of the Subcommittee on High Performance Rugby, Manuel Galindo, confirmed the designated decision approved by the Governing Board of the UAR. The importance of the event merited the presence of two directors, who explained the contractual details to the players.

Regarding this decision, President Luis Castillo said: "The contract with this group of players is a first step of the UAR, to allow for better development of our players and, in turn, to ensure we have over a period of time, the same group of players that will expand the pool of potential selected for tournaments to come. "

The contracts with the players will be signed during the coming weeks and its duration may be extended from one to two years. Meanwhile, Manuel Galindo, also expressed his optimism about this new relationship between the players and the UAR. "The professionalization of the High Performance is a key aspect in the preperation for The Rugby Championship. We met with the players to officialize our proposal and explain what it is. They were enthusiastic and know the effort that is making the UAR to take this forward, "said Galindo.

The list includes three players who represented Argentina at the biggest stage - Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand - Julio Farias Cabello, Mariano Galarza and Fessia Genaro. It also includes a number of fringe players such as centre Gabriel Ascárate who almost joined both Lyon and Bayonne in France and just missed out on selection for the World Cup. Tomás Leonardi started in the backrow for Argentina vs England and Wales in 2009, Santiago Guzmán almost joined Stade Français in 2010 and Tomas de la Vega could well be Argentina´s much needed fetching backrower. Meanwhile, Martín Landajo and Tomás Cubelli are two scrumhalves who could jump ahead of players based in Europe. 
2012 UAR Professionals
1 Gabriel Ascárate (Natación y Gimnasia, Tucumán)
2 Tomás Cubelli (Belgrano Athletic, Buenos Aires)
3 Tomas de la Vega (CUBA, Buenos Aires)
4 Julio Farías Cabello (Tucumán RC, Tucumán)
5 Genaro Fessia (Cordoba Athletic, Cordoba)
6 Mariano Galarza (La Plata)
7 Santiago Guzmán (Tucumán RC, Tucumán)
8 Martín Landajo (CASI, Buenos Aires)
9 Tomás Leonardi (SIC, Buenos Aires)
10 Bruno Postiglioni (La Plata RC, Buenos Aires)

Source: UAR

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