Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Rugby World Cup Qualification: Teros Players arriving in Uruguay

Photo: Piazza Rugby
Uruguay's European based players are on their way home ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong. A close to full strength Uruguay side will be looking for a home victory on Saturday August 2 in Montevideo to secure one of the two places available in the repecharge final. The runners-up of the 2014 CONSUR Cup, Los Teros, will meet the Asian Five Nations runner-up, Hong Kong, with the winner advancing to face either Russia or Zimbabwe in the Final Place Play-Off.   

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rugby Championship: How to get Tickets for Matches in Argentina

Embedded image permalinkA number of readers from outside of Argentina have inquired as to how to get their hands on tickets for Rugby Championship matches in Argentina. The UAR has just released information explaining exactly how to do so. Official travel agencies allocated sales rights for Argentina's home matches in Salta, La Plata and Mendoza have been named by the UAR. People from Australia, Brazil, Chile, New Zealand, Paraguay, South Africa or Uruguay interested in attending matches should click on the image to the right and contact the relevent agency via telephone or email. Should anybody from an additional country require information on attending Rugby Championship matches in Argentina contact Argentina Rugby Travel listed on the bottom right of the image.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rugby Championship: Manuel Carizza to miss Opening Matches

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Argentina is to prepare for the opening two rounds of the Rugby Championship without the services of first choice second-rower Manuel Carizza. The twenty-nine year old flew from Argentina to South Africa on Sunday via São Paulo. Daniel Hourcade's squad has been preparing for the Rugby Championship without Carizza who returned to Super Rugby duty following the June internationals in which he started all three of Argentina's home matches.      

International Rugby: Q & A with Tyler Ardron


Photo Rugby Canada
A player to have quickly emerged in the global game is Canadian back-rower Tyler Ardron. Despite having just recently turned 23 he is his captaining his country from a position in which is considered to be one of Canada's greatest strengths, the back-row. He is also preparing for his second season of professional rugby in Wales after having impressed in making twenty-two appearances last season. To understand his background and future Argentina 2023 caught up with the Ospreys forward. 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

International Rugby: Santiago Cordero ends PladAR contract

Photo Prematch
In an effort for more match time Los Pumas squad member Santiago Cordero has brought to an end his contract with the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR).  The 20 year old is up against a number of other players for a place at fullback or on either wing for the Rugby Championship. In a bid to be in a better position to push for selection he has ended his professional deal with the UAR. He is now able to play for his club in the URBA Top 14 and indeed did so his weekend for Regatas against  competition leaders La Plata. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Retro Friday: José Cilley kicks a longe range penalty v Samoa in 1995

Argentina's campaign at Rugby World Cup 1995 did not bring in results but the team played well in all three pool matches against England, Italy and Samoa. The South Americans had chances to win all three tests and, arguably could have done so. Playing at fly half for two of the three matches was José Cilley who handled the goalkicking against Samoa and Italy. In the match against Samoa Cilley landed a long range penalty from inside his own half to give the South Americans the lead and to underline his future credentials. Despite offering promise Cilley was capped just fifteen times by Argentina over an eight year period. He made his debut against South Africa in 1994 and played his final test against Paraguay in 2002. Having been overtaken by Gonzalo Quesada and Felipe Contepomi Cilley's test career was short restricting him to one World Cup. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

International Rugby: Confederations Cup would Enhance Global Game

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Rugby is a unique sport spread worldwide with differing abilities of teams spread fairly evenly in global terms. Countries that have been able to qualify for every Rugby World Cup since the tournament expanded to twenty teams for the 1999 tournament come from all six IRB identified regions. Selecting the best per region to create a Confederations Cup is therefore a possibility with the tournament serving to help showcase the sport and enable the next Rugby World Cup host nation to better prepare the tournament. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

International Rugby: Italy interested in Argentine prop Luciano Leibson

Luciano Leibson
Photo Rabo Direct Pro 12
Twenty-six year old Luciano Leibson recently extended his contract with Italian team Zebre. The uncapped Argentine front-rower is to play the upcoming season for the Italian side in the Rabo Direct Pro 12. His decision to remain at the Parma based team will see him play a third season for the club despite having had offers from Benetton Treviso and from teams in England's second division. The former Pumita is therefore eligible to  not only represent his home country but also Italy. Despite having played in the 2008 Junior World Championship Leibson has never been selected for Los Pumas, Los Jaguares or the Pampas XV. As such his eligibility has not been capped by a country and he could become an Italian international. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

European Rugby: Top Attendances Per League and Club

The 2013-2014 European club season was comparable to the 2012-2013 season in terms of inter-league battles. The Heineken Cup champion in both years was Toulon which saw France become the most successful country in the history of the competition with a total of seven titles split between Brive, Toulon and Toulouse. Both the Aviva Premiership and Rabo Direct Pro 12 competitions won the competition six times with all of the Rabo Direct Pro 12 champions being Irish. Ireland also, overall, enjoys larger crowds than other Pro 12 participants  
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