Pablo Matera, third row at Stade Français, has signed up for New Zealand’s Crusaders franchise, as announced by RMC Sport last week.
As announced by RMC Sport last week, Pablo Matera (27) signed up with the New Zealand franchise of the Crusaders this Friday. Argentina’s third row leaves Stade Français to play Super Rugby 2022 with the Christchurch-based team.
“In response to speculation around (the next steps) of Pablo Matera’s playing career, the Crusaders are able to confirm that the Argentine has signed with the club for the 2022 Super Rugby season,” the champions explained. title in a press release.
Matera could return for his final year of contract at Stade Français
In an interview published Thursday on the site of the newspaper Midi Olympique, the captain of the Pumas had said he wanted to play in Super Rugby next year before returning to Paris to complete the contract which binds him to the French Stadium. “He’s a talented and tenacious player, with real leadership qualities, who impressed us with his physical strength and work ethic,” complimented Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.
Matera has already played in Super Rugby, in the Argentine Jaguares he led to the first final in their history in 2019, lost against the Crusaders. After four seasons with the Jaguares, the third row joined Stade Français in 2019.
The Crusaders, ten-ten winners of Super Rugby, recently qualified for the final of Super Rugby Aotearoa, a championship limited to New Zealand teams due to the Covid-19 pandemic. They will face the Chiefs on May 8 in Christchurch.