The Northern South American countries of Colombia and Venezuela recorded wins on Sunday over Ecuador and Peru to open the 2014 South American B Championship. Played in the northern Colombian city of Apartadó in sweltering heat the opening round of matches challenged the players immensely. They are to play two more test matches over the coming six days with the overall winner being crowned champion of CONSUR B.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Friday, August 29, 2014
The performance of Juan Martín Hernández in Salta against the Springboks continues to earn praise and more video highlights are appearing of features from the match. Hernández's positional move to inside centre was justified and with it Argentina had an edge to its attack which enabled the South Americans to attack with added venom. The individual pieces of play that established the name El Mago were also on display with Hernández kicking an early drop goal, landing a perfectly judged clearance kick and also a clever banana kick which was similar to his kick v the All Blacks in Wellington in 2012. With Los Pumas flying to New Zealand today the team will be preparing with purpose for the coming test matches.
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Fresh off a late loss at home against South Africa it is time to take a look back at some of Argentina's best tries against the Springboks in this week's edition of Retro Friday. The following five try selection features tries scored over a period covering five decades. Felipe Contepomi had the honor of being included twice while his twin brother, Manuel, also made the list for his try in the Rugby World Cup 2007 Semi Final in Paris. The top try remains, to this day, as one of the greatest ever Argentine tries. It was scored in 2003 in Port Elizabeth. Involved in the try was Juan Martín Hernández who was in the senior squad for the first time.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Los Pumas headcoach Daniel Hourcade has named a twenty-eight man squad for the second phase of the 2014 Rugby Championship. Argentina will play away test matches against the All Blacks and Wallabies in New Zealand and Australia and will do so with three players included who are yet to play in the 2014 competition. Hourcade has again decided not to call up any players involved with the professional teams outside of Argentina that were not selected in the initial training squad. Consequently Los Pumas will again be playing without players including Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza, Matías Díaz, Santiago Fernández and Gonzalo Tiesi.
Monday, August 25, 2014
Argentine rugby has been rocked by the news that twenty-one year old back-rower Pablo Matera will play no further part in the Rugby Championship after he is required to undergo surgery on his left shoulder which was injured in the first half against South Africa on Saturday in Salta. The loss of Matera comes at a time when Argentina is set to announce the return of another back-rower from injury. It also occurs with Matera having performed well in both test matches against South Africa. Headcoach Daniel Hourcade will now likely change his back-row formation with Juan Manuel Leguizamón likely to wear the 6 shirt in place of Matera.
Argentina's test players have been given several days off from headcoach Daniel Hourcade. With the most demanding phase of the Rugby Championship approaching the players are to have a recovery period before resuming training on Wednesday in Buenos Aires. Hourcade is to Four players who started the test against South Africa in Salta are in doubt but signs are that they should all be fit. Options exist for the return of players to the squad from club duty either in Argentina or abroad. Some have begun their seasons well in France and await a phone call. In further encouraging news two players are set to return for injury after they missed both matches against South Africa. The squad will travel to Auckland on Friday.