Saturday, May 17, 2014

Top 14: Juan Imhoff to stay at Racing Métro for three more years

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Argentine left winger Juan Imhoff has signed a new contract with French Top 14 club Racing Métro. The new three year deal will see the Rosario winger remain in France after Rugby World Cup 2015. With the new player laws set to be implemented at the completion of the next European season Imhoff will miss out on representing Argentina in 2016 and 2017. 

Just one day after Argentine inside centre Santiago Fernández confirmed he had signed a new two-year agreement to remain at Bayonne Argentina has had another senior player confirmed that he will be remaining in France after the World Cup. Like Fernández, Juan Imhoff will not be returning to Argentina to play Super Rugby. The Argentine franchise is also confirmed as being without Patricio Albacete, Marcos Ayerza and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe. 

Imhoff joined Racing Métro in 2011 as a medical joker. He had impressed playing for the Pampas XV in that year's Vodacom Cup and had earned a place in Santiago Phelan's Rugby World Cup 2011 squad. Imhoff was selected ahead of Fernández's then Montpellier teammate, Martín Bustos Moyano, who had been instrumental in seeing the club reach the Top 14 final for the first time ever and only time too date.

Imhoff started for Racing Métro last night in the club's 16-6 loss against Toulon in Lille. He was joined by Juan Martín Hernández in the starting back-three. Both players are expected to miss out on representign Argentina next month due to them instead appearing in the Rugby Championship. 

1 comment:

  1. Rugby is the loser yet again to market forces. The greed in this once promising sport is utterly depressing...

    Unfortunately, with this growing list of Pumas choosing to chase European contracts over Super Rugby (despite knowing they won't be selected for the Pumas if they do), the dismissive claims of certain coaches/ players/ administrators in the Southern Hemisphere --that the Argentinian Super Rugby team will struggle to be competitive-- are looking more and more likely.

    That assumes that the Super Rugby team will get the green light of rugby, a sport where positive rumours and ideas abound, but where the realisation of these dreams hardly ever happens, it's probable the Argentine franchise won't see the light of day. Will the broadcasters honestly choose to pay for the proposed Super 18 format, let alone pay more money than they are already? I think would be the right thing to do, but all they care about is money and how the game will fare in their respective countries (Aussie and Kiwi fans on the whole don't tend to watch matches in RSA). Will the Pumas return to Argentina or will the UAR have enough money to pay for the team / travel etc. with the scant leftovers they get from the SANZAR deal? It is a dream and nothing more... as is the dream that rugby will ever be a truly global sport... sad but true...