Friday, October 4, 2013

Pablo Matera signs for Leicester Tigers

Matera is the newest Puma to join the Aviva Premiership
The year 2013 has been one of great changes for Pablo Matera and the 20 year old was fast-tracked from the junior team straight into Los Pumas and was able to hold down a starting position in the world´s toughest annual international competition.

Having turned 20 just one month before the start of the 2013 Rugby Championship Matera was named as the starting back-rower in place of the injured captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe. Pumas coach Santiago Phelan selected the Pumita to start together with Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Leonardo Senatore against South Africa in the first two matches of the competition. With Fernández Lobbe returning and Senatore having been suspended Matera was retained and will face Australia in Rosario on Saturday for his sixth consecutive appearance in the 7 shirt. 

Had Senatore not have been suspended it is likely that he would have been used as a replacement. Such has been the form of Matera for Argentina that he has already been talked about as being one of Los Pumas´ key players for the future. Matera made his debut in May aged 19 in the South American Championship. He faced Chile and Brazil and was joined by Tomás Lavanini and Matías Díaz both of whom have also played in the 2013 Rugby Championship. 

Matera now joins the pair in having secured a professional contract with Lavanini set to play Super Rugby for the Chiefs and Díaz to do so for the Highlanders the confirmation of Matera as a new Leicester player ensures he will continue to develop and offer Argentina an increasingly strong back-row option. Matera had been linked to a move to Toulon, the home of Fernández Lobbe and also Facundo Isa who is another young Argentine back-rower with a future in the test team. 

Detailes of his contract are yet to be made public but it is official - Matera is a Tiger. As such he becomes he third player from the 2013 Pumas squad to be contracted to the Aviva Premiership champions. Matera willl join Leicester veteran Marcos Ayerza and newcomer Gonzalo Camacho at the club. All three are likely to face England, if fit, in November at Twickenham.

1 comment:

  1. From a SH point of view, what a waste! I'm sure he would've been in some Super rugby team's sights and Argentina needs to keep as many of it's players down south now so that it can more easily prepare for the RC and play with a full-strength squad in all it's tests so that it doesn't have to dish out a sub-par team in June, unlike all the other RC nations.

    If only he was a little more patient!