Pablo Matera, captain of The Pumas and current Stade Francais player was announced as a new player for Crusaders from New Zealand.
“In response to speculation about Pablo Matera’s future as a player, the Crusaders can confirm that the Argentine forward signed with the club for the 2022 Super Rugby season,” the official statement from Crusaders said.
The CEO of Crusaders, Colin mansbridge, said: “We know that Pablo is looking forward to playing Super Rugby again, and we are excited that he will join us here in Christchurch in 2022. We are still working on the finer details of this with Pablo and his agent, but we look forward to welcoming you into our surroundings once it’s complete. “
Scott robertson, coach of the four-time Super Rugby champion added: “Pablo is one of the main forwards in World Rugby. He is a skilled and tenacious player with genuine leadership qualities, who has impressed us with his physique and work ethic. We are very excited that he will join us next season and share his experience with our young group of loose forwards who are learning their trade. “
For his part, Pablo Matera spoke and confirmed: “The Stade Français He was very understanding and suggested this option to me: go play a season in Super Rugby and then go back to Paris to finish my contract. “