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Araujo takes over a steady ship and one that is in a better position that before the arrival of Castillo. Under Castillo the UAR went from having thirteen sponsor that paid a total of $15 million Argentine pesos per year to now having twenty-four which generate $60 million pesos.
The progress has seen the UAR become self-sustainable with the IRB now funding just 5% of the union´s budget. The remainder of the budget comes from events, sponsors and television rights. Events make-up 41% while sponsors and television rights account for 54% of the UAR´s income. IRB hall of famer Agustín Pichot made the following point: “Which other sporting institutions in Argentina can show healthy financial statements?”
The increased revenues have come under a regime which has been about growing the game. Established has been the Nacional de Clubes, regional development centres across the country and test matches have increasingly been played in a variety of cities outside of the capital.
While Castillo helped turn the UAR into a very healthy economic sporting organization Araujo is faced with not only continuing the progress but also turning around the misfortunes of Los Pumas. Several days before Taking up his new post Araujo said that he was concerned with the lack of positive results from Los Pumas in the Rugby Championship, but he was nonetheless convinced that Argentina was on track and believed the development to be positive.
In his opinion the public should not be awaiting impressive results until after 2015 as he believes Super Rugby to be vital to the chances of Los Pumas performing on the international stage. Araujo proposes that in order for Argentina to achieve the goal of defeating rivals in the Rugby Championship there is a need to have 100 contracted players.
Making this possible is to be one of the central objectives of his tenure and to make it a reality he plans on increasing the number of players in the regional development centres. It will, according to Araujo, enable the UAR to utilize a larger group of appropriate players for Super Rugby and the Rugby Championship.
Araujo supports the appointment of Daniel Hourcade following the resignation of Santiago Phelan and believes that Hourcade is fit to coach Los Pumas. Araujo clarified his thoughts by saying that having a foreign coach of note would be positive but contends that Hourcade is well placed and has the knowledge and experience required.
Araujo is from Rosario while Castillo is from Tucumán. Prior to Castillo all UAR Presidents had been from Buenos Aires.