23 year old Argentine capped mid-fielder Matías Moroni has become the latest player contracted by the UAR for the new Super Rugby franchise set to enter the competition in 2016. Pictured (as the left of two men) together with Dr. Adrián Vazquez, the Human Resources Manager at the UAR, Moroni will now be available to represent the Pampas XV, Los Jaguares, Los Pumas and any other side at all times between now and 2017. He is the twenty-first player to sign to the union and the sixteenth to do so on a three year deal.
The stated mission of contracting Argentina's post-Rugby World Cup 2015 generation of Pumas continues to produce results as CUBA outside centre Matías Moroni has signed a three year deal with the UAR. Moroni has been a leading contender to fill ther boots of Marcelo Bosch who is to retire from international duty after the completion of this year's World Cup in England and Wales.
Moroni is the fourth centre to sign joining inside Gabriel Ascárate, Jerónimo De la Fuente and Matías Orlando. All four received game time under Daniel Hourcade in 2014 with De la Fuente featuring as a replacement during the Rugby Championship while Ascárate and Orlando were both injured despite having been set to also be a part of the squad.
Moroni played against Scotland in June and Italy in November and was also called-up by Hourcade for the final stage of Argentina's 2013 European tour. He is a player to have had significant time and resources invested in him. He played for Los Pumitas at the 2011 Junior World Championship before playing Rugby Sevens for Argentina on the World Circuit in 2012 and 2013 and being selected for the Pampas XV in 2014.