Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Super Rugby: Pumas Captain signs for Argentine Franchise

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Argentina's addition to Super Rugby next year has been significantly boosted following the signature of Los Pumas captain Agustín Creevy. The hooker has agreed to terms with the UAR to sign a three year contract which will make him available at all times for the Argentine Super Rugby franchise in addition to international duty and training. Creevy leaves behind a professional carer in Europe to become the biggest signing thus far. The recruitment process is ongoing with other big name Argentine players based abroad expected to sign for the UAR over the coming days.  

The biggest signing to date was made official on Monday evening. Argentine international hooker and captain Agustín Creevy was unveiled as the latest player to sign with the UAR to play Super Rugby for the country's new franchise set to debut in the 2016 competition. Creevy has signed a three year deal, the first of its kind, which will see him contracted for the duration of the years of 2016, 2017 and 2018.  

In signing he becomes the first player signed on a three-year deal until 2018. Seventeen others have signed deals from 2015-2016, one from 2015-2016 and three are contracted this year. Creevy joined Matías Díaz, Facundo Isa, Pablo Matera and Gabriel Ascárate, as players with previous experience playing professional rugby abroad. 

A number of other players currently contracted to European clubs have stated publicly that they would also desire the opportunity of returning to Argentina to play Super Rugby. Plauyers to have done so include Horacio Agulla, Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mariano Galarza, Juan Imhoff, Tomás Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Leonardo Senatore. 

Meanwhile sourced have told Argentina 2023 that the trio of Lucas González Amorosino, Nicolás Sánchez and Joaquín Tuculet are expected to sign for the UAR shortly. The trio are all off contract with European clubs and, like Creevy, are certainties to be named by Daniel Hourcade in Argentina's squad for Rugby World Cup 2015. 



Player
Position
Age
Club
Union
Contracted
Agustín Creevy
Hooker
30
Worcester
England
2016-2018
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
Hindú
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
27
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 Montoya
Fullback
24
Lince
Tucumán
2015-2017





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