Argentina sign their first Super Rugby players

The Argentina Rugby Union have signed Martin Landajo and Guido Petti as the first players who will be part of the 2016 Argentina Super Rugby team.

Landajo has signed with the Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) on a three year contract that will keep him contracted through to the end of 2017.

Lock Guido Petti plays his game domestically in Argentina and made his senior debut for the Pumas in November last year against Italy in Genoa

Forty-cap scrum half Landajo is from the first crop of players who began training in the Union’s High Performance Plan in 2009 after he was selected for Argentina at U19 and U20 age levels in 2007 and 2008.

Landajo made his debut for Argentina in 2008 against Chile and played for Jaguars and ICBC Pampas XV.

“This is a very special and unique moment, ” said Landajo.

“While I’ve signed other deals with the Union, this one is special because we are entering a new era for Argentine rugby and professionalism. I am very grateful to the UAR for their trust in me, “added Landajo.

“This contract is a recognition of everything that was generated since 2009. Staying at home was a good decision, “said Landajo.

President of the Union, Carlos Araujo added, “Last year we closed a big step for Argentine rugby by getting into Super Rugby where we have a new franchise from 2016. Continuity of the Pumas was also ensured in Rugby Championship until 2020.”

“In the beginning of this year, and passing this new stage with huge challenges ahead, the signing of these contracts is a big step for the UAR, because we continue to advance our goal of having more and better rugby, “added Araujo.

“With the commitment assumed by the players signing these contracts, show that beyond the employment relationship, the players believe in the project and reinforce the pride they get when they represent their country playing the sport they love.”

The agreement was signed at the headquarters of the UAR in Buenos Aires.

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