Pumas throw off amateur shackles
December 10, 2001

In a ground breaking move the Argentinian Rugby Union (UAR) have declared they will end their amateur status and will now pay their international players and coaches.

The move follows their most successful international season ever that included wins over Wales and Scotland and a last gaso defeat at the hands of the All Blacks.

Newspaper reports in Argentina claimed the UAR voted on Friday night to pay the national team's players and trainers even though the domestic game will remain amateur, "We've taken a transcendental step in Argentine rugby, one of which we may not yet be fully conscious," UAR president Miguel Servera said following a UAR assembly in Parana, 550 km north of Buenos Aires.

The Pumas, a dozen of whom are professionals with European club sides, had previously only received expenses while on international duty.

Pumas coach Marcelo Loffreda and assistant Daniel Baetti can negotiate a monthly or yearly salary while the players they pick will be paid for international appearances.

There will be no bonuses for good results and the Pumas B or Sevens teams do not qualify for payment.

The players' payments will vary according to the stature of their rivals.

Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.