Landajo signs on with Argentinian Union
ESPN Staff
January 30, 2015
Martin Landajo distributes against the All Blacks © Getty Images

Argentina scrum-half Martin Landajo has signed a three-year contract with the national union, the UAR, meaning he is in line to join the country's first Super Rugby franchise when it begins in 2016.

This is a coup for the union as many of the country's top players are based in Europe and national coach Daniel Hourcade announced last year that only players playing their club rugby at home would be considered for national selection when the franchise joins the southern hemisphere's flagship club competition.

Landajo is one of Argentina's most experienced backs, having made 40 appearances for his country since his debut in 2008. He was also captain when Scotland toured in the summer of 2014.

"This is a special and unique time. While I've signed other deals with the union, this one is special because we're entering a new era for professionalism in Argentinian rugby. I'm thankful that the UAR have confidence in me," said Landajo.

"Last year was a big for Argentine rugby with the inclusion into Super Rugby from next year," said UAR president Carlos Araujo. "What's more we ensured that Los Pumas will be playing in the Rugby Championship until 2020. Now starting this year, the signings of these contracts is a big step for the UAR, because we're pressing on with our aim to have more and better rugby."

"With the the commitment that the players are making signings these contracts, they're showing that they believe in the project and underlining their pride they have in representing the country playing a sport they love."

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