Sunday, July 20, 2014

International Rugby: Santiago Cordero ends PladAR contract

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In an effort for more match time Los Pumas squad member Santiago Cordero has brought to an end his contract with the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR).  The 20 year old is up against a number of other players for a place at fullback or on either wing for the Rugby Championship. In a bid to be in a better position to push for selection he has ended his professional deal with the UAR. He is now able to play for his club in the URBA Top 14 and indeed did so his weekend for Regatas against  competition leaders La Plata. 

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. 

1 comment:

  1. Is Argentina not turning out to be its own worst enermy.....Is this policy of denying professional players to play in the Top 14 beneficial or detrimental?..

    I think Argentina instead of putting all its hopes in a so called Super Rugby franchise coz that tournament will not be here for long.....

    Professional Rugby within Argentina itself is the answer,a tournament like the Currie Cup mixed with the existing ones can prove to be more beneficial