Saturday, June 2, 2012

Contepomi penalty gives Barbarians win over Ireland

Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi will not be playing for Los Pumas in The Rugby Championship but remains open to selection for international duty in the June and November internationals. Set to turn 35 in August, Contepomi is a rugby icon in not only Argentina but across Europe as he has played at the top level in a professional career spanning thirteen years which has seen him play for top sides in England, Ireland and France. He had a solid season with Stade Français in the Top 14 but the team failed to make the play-off´s and missed out on a place in next seasons Heineken Cup by virtue of Biarritz winning the Amlin Challenge Cup. 

His form is defiant of his age and saw him rewarded with a starting place at flyhalf for the Barbarians who took on Ireland at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester, England on Tuesday evening. The match was won the the Barbarians with Contepomi landing a simple conversion from the right of the posts in the final minute to complete a 29-28 victory. The match saw him rekindle his rivalry with Ronan O´Gara. The California born flyhalf shared a great rivalry with the Pumas ace in Irish rugby during Contpomi´s six years playing for Leinster from 2003-2009. In Tuesday´ match O´Gara had converted an Irish try and looked to have sealed victory only for Contepomi to land a penalty with three minutes remaining to give the Barbarians the victory.

Contepomi is a part of the squad for the June home tests vs Italy and France and is expected to captain the side from inside centre with the inform, and much younger, Ignacio Mieres likely to pull the strings at flyhalf. 

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