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Former Leinster out-half Felipe Contepomi appointed as assistant coach of new Argentine rugby franchise

Published 16/12/2015 | 17:40

Felipe Contepomi
Felipe Contepomi

Felipe Contepomi will work under head coach Raul Pérez at the Buenos Aires-based Los Jaguares who take their place in the Super Rugby competition from next season.

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Contepomi, who won 116 caps for Leinster between 2003-09 before moving to Toulon, was confirmed today as assistant coach of the historical club, who will be the first Argentine representatives in SANZAR'S Super Rugby competition.

At this year's World Cup, head coach Pérez was assistant to Daniel Hourcade as he led Los Pumas to their second semi- final, at the expense of Ireland lest we forgot.

National team captain Augustín Creevy will also skipper the club, which has recruited some of the nation's best players, including Juan Martín Hernández, Santiago Cordero and Leonardo Senatore, among many others.

The establishment of the franchise is a another sign of the great progress being made in Argentinian rugby as continue to solidify themselves as one the world game's great powers. 

Speaking exclusively to Pundit Arena, Contepomi expressed his delight with the strides being made in his homeland.

“It can only improve all the momentum. We have created nine centres of excellence throughout the country since 2009. And joining the Rugby Championship helped, but now you have a whole competition throughout the year with the Super Rugby.

“Instead of giving the opportunity to 15/20 players [to play at the top level] now 30/35/40 players in Argentina have the chance to develop at the top level, and this is important for Argentina.”

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