- Felipe Contepomi
Infobox Rugby biography
name = Felipe Contepomi
birthname = Felipe Contepomi
nickname = Dr.Phil (fel)
dateofbirth = birth date and age|mf=yes|1977|8|20
Buenos Aires, Argentina
height = convert|5|ft|11|in|m|abbr=on|sigfig=3
weight = convert|14|st|9|lb|kg|abbr=on
ru_position = Fly-half|capital=yes, Rugbycentre|capital=yes
ru_nationalteam = flagicon|ARG Argentina U-19
ru_nationalyears = 1996
ru_nationalcaps = ??
ru_nationalpoints = (??)
ru_ntupdate = 2007-10-19
ru_clubyears = 1999–2003
ru_proclubs = Bristol
ru_clubcaps = ??
ru_clubpoints = (??)
ru_clubupdate = 2007-08-05
ru_sevensnationalyears = 1998–2002
ru_sevensnationalteam = flagicon|ARG Argentina
ru_sevensnationalcomp = 9
ru_sevensupdate = 2007-08-05
other = y
children = Catalina
Manuel Contepomi(twin brother)
school = Cardinal Newman College (Buenos Aires)
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Dr. Felipe Contepomi (born August 20, 1977 in
Buenos Aires) is an Argentine rugby unionfootballer. He plays as a fly-half and centre for Leinster Rugbyin Ireland, and has previously played for Bristol Rugbyin England.
Contepomi played more than 50 games for Argentina, was an occasional captain of the side early in his career, and is now the full-time captain after the international retirement of
Agustín Pichot. His twin brother Manuel is also a "Puma".
He started playing rugby for Newman in Buenos Aires.
He played a major role in Leinster's run in the 2006
Heineken Cup, helping Leinster to a 41-35 win over Cup holders Toulouse, scoring 21 points in the process and winning the man of the match award. That year he was top scorer in both the Celtic League and Heineken Cup.
Largely as a result of his attacking play and characteristic panache, he has built up a cult following among many Leinster supporters.
In late January 2006, Contepomi's girlfriend, Paula, gave birth to their daughter, Catalina. Only hours later, Contepomi played for Leinster against
Glasgow Warriors, a game in which he went on to score 22 points.
In November of that year, Agustín Pichot, whom Contepomi would eventually succeed as "Pumas" captain, said that Contepomi was a better player than All Black fly-half,
Dan Carter, the winner of the 2005 IRB Player of the Year award. [http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,20721251-23217,00.html]
On May 31st, 2007, the
Royal College of Surgeons in Irelandin Dublin conferred him with the medical degrees of MB BCh BAO ( NUI).
Contepomi was one of the stars of the
Argentina national rugby union teamduring the 2007 Rugby World Cup. He was the second highest points scorer in the tournament, trailing only Percy Montgomery.
Contepomi was nominated by the IRB as one of five candidates for the 2007 International Player of the Year award, won by
Bryan Habana. Felipe won the 2007 Rugby Writers of Ireland Player of the Year award.
* [http://www.bristolrugby.co.uk/26_2527.php At Bristol]
* [http://www.leinsterrugby.ie/members/index.asp?locID=37&docID=157 Leinster Rugby profile]
* [http://uar.com.ar/contepomi_felipe.htm Argentine Rugby Union profile] en icon
*es icon [http://www.elrugbier.com/mostrar_notas.php?idNota=1075&subCategoria=173&c=50 Profile]
*es icon [http://www.elrugbier.com/galeria/Argentina/argentina4.php Pictures]
*es icon [http://www.diagonal.org.ar/per_edicion-det.php?id=243 Interview to Felipe Contepomi - Diagonal]
SHORT DESCRIPTION=Professional rugby union player
DATE OF BIRTH=August 20, 1977
PLACE OF BIRTH=
Buenos Aires, Argentina
DATE OF DEATH=
PLACE OF DEATH=
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