Los Pumas hooker and former captain Agustín Creevy has turned down offers from France to remain at Jaguares after the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
His new contract with the UAR will see him remain in Argentina until 2021. He joins fellow Pumas Matías Orlando and Matías Alemanno, who at the end of January also extended with the union.
Creevy has racked up 43 Super Rugby appearances for the Jaguares since the addition of the side to the competition with 40 of these 40 coming in the starting line-up and he has scored 12 tries.
“I always had the vision of playing professionally in my country and when the opportunity to do so appeared, I did not hesitate to join the team. I made my experience abroad, in different clubs and I enjoyed it a lot, but I always wanted to come back,” 33-year-old Creevy said.
“I had offers to go abroad and I am very grateful to the clubs that were interested in me. But for various reasons, at this point in my career, I think the best thing for me is to stay in Argentina. I am seduced by the possibility of continuing with the Jaguares a few more years and continue contributing what I can to rugby here and, if I have the chance to be called, close my stage with Los Pumas. It’s my shirt, my motivation, my passion and one of the things that has given me the most satisfaction and keeps giving me. In short, it’s where I want to be. ”
“I was part of this project that started in 2009 with Pampas XV and I want to continue accompanying from within. Although I had offers from several clubs to go abroad during these three years, which I thank you for having honored me with your choice, I made a deep personal analysis, which contained different aspects and as a conclusion, I chose to continue here in my country,” Creevy finished.
“We are proud to confirm Agustín for a few more years representing Jaguares and our country. He is one of the most important and experienced players that we have in the team, and that he continues to bet on us for the next challenges, it is excellent news for all Argentine rugby,” added Jaguares board member Fernando Rizzi.
Creevy made the switch from flank to the front rower after his stint in Biarritz in France and has since gone on to make 83 appearances for the Pumas since his debut against Japan in 2005. He was captain of the national team in 49 tests and competed in the 2011 and 2015 World Cups.