‘Crusader 252 forever’ – Pablo Matera posts moving farewell
Pablo Matera wrote a moving farewell to the Crusaders in te reo Maori, Spanish and English after ending his spell with the club on Tuesday.
Matera returned to Argentina on Tuesday but not before take to social media to thank the Crusaders for the past seasonwhich ended on the pinnacle on Saturday evening with a Super Rugby title in front of a sold-out Eden Park.
“Grateful to have had the opportunity to pursue a dream,” Matera said.
“I have enjoyed every day in this amazing country and I am immensely proud to have been part of this great team full of magical people that we will never forget.
“It was short but I lived it to the fullest.”
Matera signed the short message with “Crusader 252 forever”.
Alongside the post, the 28-year-old shared 10 images from Saturday night, including one of him clearly moving with his head resting on coach Scott Robertson’s shoulder.
There were also photos of him and his son with the Super Rugby Pacific trophy, which was the first of Matera’s career.
“[Winning] could be the greatest thing I could dream of”, Matera told 1News emotionally ahead of Saturday’s final.
“Like, honestly, I’ve never won anything – no competition and I’ve been playing around the world for 10 years. I’ve never won anything.”
Matera’s post was inundated with congratulatory messages in response, including from the official Crusaders Instagram account and teammate Sevu Reece.
“Safely I come home to you, Alina and Darta,” Reece wrote.
“We miss you guys.”
It is understood that Matera is looking to move to Japan to secure a lucrative deal, a move Robertson told 1News he fully respects.
“He talked about how important it is for kids in Argentina and how they can transcend…how they can go to other teams and play at a high level,” Robertson said.
“He asked to come here to win a championship but doing that is another thing, so we’re happy for him.
“It’s sad, we would have loved to keep him, but he decided to take another opportunity.”