Thursday, May 22, 2014

Aviva Premiership: Pablo Matera offered contract to remain at Leicester

Photo Leicester Mercury
Argentine international back-rower Pablo Matera could soon be confirmed as having signed a new contract to play another season for the Leicester Tigers. The Pumas openside flanker has an offer from the club which he is currently considering and will have his future determined in the lead up to the Rugby Championship. Still aged just twenty Matera debuted for Argentina in 2013 at the age of nineteen against Chile before playing in the IRB Junior World Championship and subsequently the Rugby Championship. In total he played eleven test matches in 2013. 

The new offer will rule Matera out of representing Argentina next month. The agreement in place between the UAR on the one hand and Premier Rugby and the LNR on the other means those based in England or France can represent Argentina in either the June international window or the Rugby Championship but not both. 

Matera is to play in his second Rugby Championship this year and as such he will miss out on facing Ireland and Scotland at home next month. Details of the new contract are expected to be made official shortly but Matera has confirmed to members of the press that a deal has been reached which will see him remain at the Tigers. 

Another Rugby Championship player to have secured a contract in Europe for the soon to be completed season is Benjamín Macome. The back-rower is to be free to play for Argentina against Ireland and Scotland and also play in the Rugby Championship. His medical joker contract with the Parisian contract has ended thus enabling Daniel Hourcade full access, if desired. 

Macome therefore joins other returning players including Nicolás Sánchez, Lucas González Amorosino, Joaquín Tuculet, Gabriel Ascárate, Eusebio Guiñazú and Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. All are free to play in June for Argentina. 

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