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Newcastle confirm Mateo Carreras exit

By Josh Raisey
Mateo Carreras of Argentina applauds the fans after the Rugby World Cup France 2023 Bronze Final match between Argentina and England at Stade de France on October 27, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Newcastle Falcons have confirmed that Argentina winger Mateo Carreras will leave the club at the end of the season, ending weeks of speculation.

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While the Gallagher Premiership outfit have not confirmed the 23-year-old’s next destination, France’s Bayonne have confirmed his arrival next season having been heavily linked with a move to to the Top 14 club.

Carreras has been at Kingston Park since 2021, but the Falcons were always going to struggle to keep hold of him after an eye-catching World Cup, which saw him score a hat-trick in Argentina’s crunch pool stage fixture against Japan.

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Looking back at his time in Newcastle, Carreras said: “I want to thank Newcastle Falcons and the club’s supporters for welcoming me to North East England and making my stay here so enjoyable.

“Newcastle has been my home for three years and I will really miss the place and the people when I move on in the summer.

“The Falcons have played a massive part in my rugby journey and I’m looking forward to giving my all during the time I have left here.

“My only focus is on being the best player and team-mate I can be between now and the end of this season, and I really appreciate the backing from all our supporters.”

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Head coach Alex Codling said: “Mateo is an outstanding talent who has naturally attracted significant interest on the back of his performances for Newcastle and Argentina.

“He arrived here as a talented young man who had played hardly any professional 15-a-side rugby, and he will leave as one of the best wingers in the world.

“That is due to his own ability and hard work as well as the guidance and support he has received at the club, and we will wish him well when he departs in the summer.

“We are naturally disappointed to be losing such a fantastic player and we will always do our best to retain our top talent, but Mateo has been professional and transparent throughout the entire process.

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“He still has a massive role to play for the Falcons between now and the end of the season, and I know he will approach it with his usual diligence and positivity.”

Carreras will hope to end on a high in Newcastle and arrest their poor start to the season where they sit at the bottom of the league having lost their opening five matches.

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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