France reports that Los Pumas captain Pablo Matera will not be returning to Stade Francais. Matera, a Crusader player in the Super Rugby Pacific competition, will not be returning to the blue and pink of the Parisian side, contrary to reports that he would enjoy a second stint at the club.
His duties with Argentina, which meant he missed the Top 14 games during international windows, were a factor in Stade’s decision not to pursue a second stint with the highly-rated loose forward.
Indeed, the back row will not be returning to the Top 14.
Matera signed with the Cruaders in 2021 and has made six appearances for the Christchurch side this season, three coming off the bench.
The 6’3, 105kg Argentinian has already played 78 times for his country, despite being just 28 years of age.
“It was something special, something I was dreaming about for the last couple of months before I arrived in New Zealand,” Matera told Sky Sport NZ after playing the Hurricanes back in February.
“It’s been a long journey; I’m pleased to experience this finally and live in New Zealand and play this rugby with the Crusaders. It’s something emotional for my family and me.