Argentina reveal Jaguars Super Rugby team

The Argentina Super Rugby team will be known as the Jaguars

The Argentina Rugby Union have confirmed that their new team will be known as the Jaguars from 2016 when Super Rugby expands to 18 teams.

At the team’s launch in Buenos Aires the management revealed that the team will be coached by Raúl Pérez who will be assisted by Felipe Contepomi, José Pellicena and Martín Gaitán.

At the beginning of the presentation, Carlos Araujo, President of the UAR, said: “The day has finally come and we are very happy. The franchise – the Jaguares – and the tournament, of which many of us have dreamt so much and for so long, it has today, formally and officially, come true.

Greg Peters, UAR Professional Rugby General Manager, was in charge of opening the presentation where he showed a video that explained the competition the Jaguares will be playing as from February 26, when the Argentine players shall be contesting their first match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

Next, Mr Peters further revealed that #JaguaresEnSuperRugby will be the hashtag used by the Jaguares throughout the year in social media as they seek to engage fans and stated: “We are still moving forward in this developing process which allows us to participate in the top global club competition where we are to face the best teams and the best players in the world.”

It was then the time for Miguel Dupont, UAR Commercial Manager, to launch the original memberships to the public before head coach Raul Perez and captain Agustin Creevy were presented.

Perez, who hails from Rosario, said: “It gives me great happiness for us all to have this possibility ahead. I also understand that I will have, among my duties, to manage UAR resources, including the exceptional players who will be part of this franchise joining together in the best club competition in the world.

“My responsibility and senses are fully focused on what is coming. That is my job and we, the staff, are well aware that there is a giant challenge ahead that has two major aspects. On the one hand, there is great experience to be achieved by everyone involved, which is central in our first season in Super Rugby; a great experience that not take us by surprise. And on the other hand, there is the adaptation, not only in rugby performance terms, but also in regard to travelling, rest and player management, which shall also be a crucial, fundamental and key issue.

“As to the game, Super Rugby provides a scenario to be more risky in attack. The focus will be, as it happens to be with all the teams in this competition, on the greater willingness to keep and use the ball.

“We have top level players who have demonstrated that taking those risks with the ball is possible and that the margin we have to keep on improving as to these aspects makes us very optimistic.”

On his part, club captain Agustin Creevy, the hooker from the city of La Plata and the club San Luis, said: “To me, it is a dream. Not only because it involves playing in the best championship in the world, but also because it means to be in Argentina, to live and play in my country, to be near my club. That is amazing and very rewarding.

“In relation to the Jaguares, it is a historical event having a professional Argentine team in a tournament such as this, in which the best rugby in the world is played. I still think about it in those terms today and it touches me deeply. It will help us not only to become a more unified team, but also to provide the group with continuity. We will now have the chance to keep on growing as individuals, to get to know each other much better as to the game and to become a better team as a whole.

“Being captain is and represents a great honour. It is very important to me at personal level, very gratifying, very nice and I hope to honour the title. I would like to thank the coaches for their support and the players as well. Let us hope to enjoy a great year, one of important growth for the Argentine Rugby.

“With the Jaguares in the Super Rugby, I have no doubt that the sport is set to become even more popular. Reaching more a greater audience that rugby will be in contact with a larger public and, at the same time, become more appealing to potential players.”

The Jaguars historical first match in Super Rugby will be against the Cheetahs in South Africa on February 26 and their first home match will be against the Chiefs on March 18.

The team will play home matches at the Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires.

Jaguars Super Rugby squad.

Matías German, Gabriel Ascarate, Rodrigo Báez, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero, Agustín Creevy, Juan Cruz Guillemain, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Santiago García Botta, Santiago González Iglesias, Ramiro Herrera, Facundo Isa, Martín Landajo, Tomás Lavanini, Tomás Lezana, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Juan Martin Hernandez, Manuel Montero, Julián Montoya, Matías Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Lucas Paz Noguera, Matías Orlando, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquín Tuculet.

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