Cordero's decision could prove to be screwed. He will remain in training with the Argentine squad but is now also free to play for Regatas in the URBA Top 14. His return to club duty on Saturday was successful with the Sevens wizard crossing for a try in his club's narrow 27-24 loss.
The 20 year old is in competition with a number of players, both veterans and relative newcomers for a spot in the match day 23 for Argentina's opening Rugby Championship fixture against the Springboks in Pretoria. Aside from Cordero Daniel Hourcade has six players regarded as fullbacks or wingers - Horacio Agulla, Juan Imhoff, Manuel Montero, Lucas González Amorosino, Ramiro Moyano and Joaquín Tuculet.
The Regatas fulback also facing competition from Matías Orlando and Juan Martín Hernández, both of whom are likely to be used in other positions but have experience in the back-three for Argentina. There are also players not included who cannot be discarded such as Martín Bustos Moyano and the injured Gonzalo Camacho.
Cordero's decision to stop receiving PladAR wages is nothing new. Other players have gone down the same path with it proving to, in may cases, having had a notable outcome. Scrumhalves Martín Landajo and Tomás Cubelli did so to play for CASI and Belgrano, Montero did so for Pucurá and second-rower Tomás Lavanini for Hindú.
URBA laws do not allow players under PladAR contracts to play in the Buenos Aires competition. The long standing anti-professional attitude has even, in some cases, prevented returning players from abroad from playing for their URBA clubs upon return to Argentina. For instance former test fullback Ignacio Corleto was unable to play for CUBA after leaving Stade Français.