Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Facundo Isa signs for Toulon



Facundo Isa v Scotland in the 2013 IRB Junior World Championship in France
The huge age difference between Felipe Contepomi and Pablo Matera was a talking point in the announcement of Argentina´s thirty man squad for the Rugby Championship. While Contepomi is soon to turn 36 Matera remains a teenager and is so young that he was only three years old when Contepomi wore the Argentine under 19 jersey. Like Contepomi, Matera´s rise from Los Pumitas to Los Pumas occured instantly with there being no gap in time between playing at junior and senior level for Argentina. As such matera joins a select group of players that include the likes of Contepomi, Rodrigo Roncero and Ignacio Corleto.

The 19 year old Matera was part of Los Pumitas´ backrow in the recently completed IRB Junior World Championship in France. Joining Matera in the backrow was Facundo Isa who is also still a teenager. The similarities do not end there as Isa looms as joining Matera as a future Pumas backrower and both players appear to be in consideration for Rugby World Cup 2015. While Matera has flown with the Argentine squad to Pensacola, Florida for training Isa has remained in France and has signed a two year contract to play for Toulon. He will therefore provide company to Pumas captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe and, curiously, joins the Heineken Cup champions from the same club and city as Juan Manuel Leguizamón - Santiago Lawn Tennis Club in the northern Argentine city of Santiago del Estero. 

With both Fernández Lobbe and Leguizamón both into their thirties England 2015 will be the final Rugby World Cup for both players. Could Isa and Matera be their protégé´s? Both players played in both the 2012 and 2013 IRB Junior World Championships.

For further information access his personal profile on the UAR site here.

5 comments:

  1. yeah,yeah did post this on on your feed back pages.
    I tell ya this, the ARG pack at this year's JWC could well have been the most brutal.

    Watch out too for their second rower, "Lavinini"
    a Wade Dooley, if you can remember him, LE MONSTER, type of player.

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I did see it :)

      No doubt there is reason to believe that there are some great players emerging. resuls underline that Argentina has a better junior side that Australia, France and Scotland and with Super Rugby approaching this could see the level of Argentina return to that of 2007.

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  2. No Paul you meant to say that with super and pro rugby approaching, Los Pumas will go go two better than in 2007 and win the bloody thing.

    With changes happening within Argentina, why invent this blog calling for ARG to host in 2023, if not to win the cup as well!

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  3. NICE BLOG, GOOD IDEA TOO. KEEP IT UP!

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  4. NICE BLOOG AND VERY GOOD IDEA TOO. KEEP IT UP.

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