Thursday, February 19, 2015

Super Rugby: Centre Matías Moroni signs for Argentine Franchise

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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. 

Player
Position
Age
Club
Union
Contracted
Julián Montoya
Hooker
21
Newman
URBA
2015
Santiago Gon. Valdez
Hooker
21
Universitario
Tucumán
2015
Matías Díaz
Tighthead
21
Unattached
Cuyo
2015
Bruno Postiglioni
Loosehead
27
La Plata
URBA
2015-2016
Lucas Noguera Paz
Loosehead
21
Lince
Tucumán
2015-2017
Matías Alemanno
Second-row
23
La Tablada
Córdoba
2015-2017
Guido Petti
Second-row
20
SIC
URBA
2015-2017
Rodrigo Báez
Back-row
26
Liceo
Cuyo
2015-2017
Facundo Isa
Back-row
21
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
2015-2017
Tomás Lezana
Back-row
21
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
2015-2017
Pablo Matera
Back-row
21
Unattached
URBA
2015-2017
Javier Ortega Desio
Back-row
24
Estudiantes
Entre Rios
2015-2017
Tomás Cubelli
Scrumhalf
25
Belgrano
URBA
2015-2017
Martín Landajo
Scrumhalf
26
CASI
URBA
2015-2017
Santiago Gon. Iglesias
Fly half
26
Alumni
URBA
2015-2017
Gabriel Ascárate
Centre
27
Natacion
Tucumán
2015-2017
Jerónimo De La Fuente
Centre
23
Duendes
Rosario
2015-2017
Matías Moroni
Centre
23
CUBA
URBA
2015-2017
Matías Orlando
Centre
23
Huirapuca
Tucumán
2015-2017
Manuel Montero
Wing
23
Pucará
URBA
2015-2017
Ramiro Moyano
Fullback
24
Lince
Tucumán
2015-2017

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