Pablo Matera replaces Agustin Creevy as new Argentina captain

Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma
Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma
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Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has confirmed Jaguares flanker Pablo Matera as the new captain ahead of their European tour opening game against Ireland on Saturday.

Matera will take over the reins from Agustín Creevy after he earlier replaced the latter as skipper of Jaguares at the start of the season.

“I discussed with my staff who is best suited to lead Argentina going forward and Pablo kept being mentioned,” Ledesma told Sport 24.

“Pablo is a new voice and the best leader to take us where we want to go. He transmits his energy and intensity very well to the rest of the team.

“This is a good time for him to take the leadership role. He has already won 55 caps and is at the right age.

“He reminds me of several captains that I knew, including Michael Hooper of Australia, in the way he has grown as a player.”

Matera has played 55 Tests for Argentina since his debut in 2013 and has represented Argentina Sevens, Argentina U20 and Leicester Tigers in the past.

Argentina will face Ireland, France and Scotland in their November series campaign.