Crusaders have confirmed the signing of Argentina skipper Pablo Matera for the 2022 season.
Matera started his career with Pampas XV in 2012 and joined Leicester Tigers ahead of the 2013/14 season and went on to make six Premiership appearances for the club before switching to Super Rugby side Jaguares.
With Jaguares not part of the Super Rugby competition in the last two years as Australia and New Zealand held their own domestic competitions, the 27-year-old joined French side Stade Francais in 2019 but now is set to be part of the Christchurch based club next season.
Having represented Argentina Under 20 in the 2012 and 2013 World Championships, he went on to make his Test debut for the Pumas in 2013 and has been capped 69 times. He also captained Argentina to first ever win over New Zealand in November last year during the Rugby Championship tournament.
“Pablo is one of the premier loose forwards in World Rugby," said Crusaders head coach Scott Robertson to the official website of the club.
"He’s a skilful and tenacious player with genuine leadership qualities, who has impressed us with his physicality and work ethic.
"We’re really excited about him joining us next season, and sharing his experience with our young loose forward group who are learning their craft.”
Crusaders will be facing Chiefs in the final of the Super Rugby Aotearoa this season on 8th May at Orangetheory Stadium.