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Agustín Creevy celebrates Argentina´s win over Scotland at RWC 2011
Biarritz, Leicester and Racing Métro all spoke out in opposition to losing their players during the tournament with Leicester´s Horacio Agulla making headlines due to him being the clubs player of the season but the club, nonetheless, opted to release him. He was signed by rivals Bath and went on to play just as well for his new club. Agulla´s move to Bath marked his fourth different professional club after he had previously played in the Top 14 for Brive and Dax. He bucked the trend by joining an Aviva Premiership Club from the Top 14 rather than doing the opposite.
Leading up to Rugby World Cup 2007 Pumas players had become increasingly hot property in France. So much so that six of the starting players that faced England at Twickenham in 2006 played their Rugby in England compared to two when Argentina faced England at Rugby World Cup 2011. The two English based Pumas were Horacio Agulla and Gonzalo Camacho. Both still play in the Aviva Premiership but in different clubs. Camacho went from the Harlequins to Exeter and after the 2013 Rugby Championship will join the Leicester Tigers. Also leaving Exeter is Ignacio Mieres who is one of three Pumas joining the club.
As Argentine site Ole pointed out on Thursday there is no coincidence that Montpellier and Racing Métro have both reduced their Pumas contingents to be only two players each for the 2013-2014 Top 14 and Heineken Cup season. Montpellier is losing four or five players and Racing Métro three. Of them winger Martín Bustos Moyano has confirmed his transfer to Bayonne, hooker Agustín Creevy will join Worcester nd tighthead prop Juan Pablo Orlandi is to play for Bath. Santiago Fernández is set to be confirmed to having joined Castres and Nahuel Lobo will play next season for the Newcastle Falcons in the Aviva Premiership. Also being released are Manuel Carriza and Alvaro Galindo with Carizza in the hunt to play for a different club while Galindo is back in his native Tucumán. Montpellier are also wanting to offload Lucas González Amorosino despite him still having two years to go on his contract.
Biarritz behaved similarly a year ago as the club offered Manuel Carriza and Eusebui Guiñazú new contracts on the condition that they would be available for Biarritz and not play in the Rugby Championship. Neither player accepted which saw both play in all of Argentina´s matches in the tournament and Guiñazú subsequently signed for Bath and will be one of three Pumas at the club next season. Marcelo Bosch and Francisco Gomez Kodela remained at Biarritz but the club continued to voice its dislike of the situation and it decided to not extent Bosch´s contract. The decision saw Bosch agree to terms to join Saracens to, like Guiñazú, play in the Aviva Premiership.
Of the nine players moving for next season two are going from one French club to another compared to four moving from France to England. Central to this change is firstly the UAR´s agreement with the players which sees them recieve salaries from the union in addition to from their clubs and secondly the Top 14 season which has four extra rounds of pool play and one additional round for the play-off´s.
Rugby Championship Transfers
Marcelo Bosch (Biarritz to Saracens)
Martín Bustos Moyano (Montpellier to Bayonne)
Gonzalo Camacho (Exeter to Leicester)
Manuel Carriza (Racing Métro to Argentina)
Agustín Creevy (Montpellier to Worcester)
Santiago Fernández (Montpellier to Castres)
Nahuel Lobo (Montpellier to Newcastle)
Ignacio Mieres (Exeter to Worcester)
Juan Pablo Orlandi (Racing Métro to Bath)