Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Top 14: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro linked to joining Lyon

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Twenty-four year old Argentine international tighthead prop Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro is being chased down by French Top 14 club Lyon. Last season's second division champions are in need of a tighthead prop to act as a medical joker and see the current reserve Argentine right prop as an appropriate acquisition. Should the move eventuate then he would join Argentina's current starting number 3 in France. Ramiro Herrera joined Castres late last season and impressed, earning himself the starting tight-head prop position and playing in the Top 14 final. Both players have feared better than many expected after they were called up by Daniel Hourcade to replace the injured Juan Figallo and Maximilano Bustos. 

Rugby World Cup 2023: Understanding IRB Council Membership

The dream of taking Rugby World Cup 2023 to a new country has many supporters as rugby has expanded tremendously from the limited base that existed prior to 1987. Since which time the basis of power has changed from what it was traditionally and is certain to continue doing so into the future. With the IRB rebranding itself to be called World Rugby expansion is very much alive and legitimate future options exist for Rugby World Cups to be played in placers that, too date, have no prior experience of hosting Rugby World Cup tournaments or matches. The strongest of all is Argentina, the only Semi Finalist in rugby history that has not hosted a Rugby World Cup. An argument outlining not only why  Argentina should but also how the country can host has been documented in a published book

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Top 14: Americas Players Review - Round 5

A number of upset results were recorded during the fifth round of the Top 14 played over the weekend. Powerhouses Castres, Toulouse and Toulon were also involved in losses as the unpredictable nature of the French domestic league continues to produce surprises. Involved were players from the Americas, the only region identified by rugby's global governing body that is yet to be allocated hosting rights to a Rugby World Cup. The rebranding which is set to have the IRB known as World Rugby carries with it a need to expand and, as such, the campaign to bring Rugby World Cup 2023 to Argentina is constantly gaining new ground. Rugby World Cup 2015 will mark the fourth Rugby World Cup in Europe, the fourth in Wales and the third in England. 

Guinness Pro 12: Americas Players Review - Round 2

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The second round of the Celtic-Italian league took place over the weekend. An unconventional start to the round saw four of the six league matches played on Friday evening. Consequently there was only one match played on each of Saturday and Sunday. Involved were players from North and South America. Combined the regions represented by NACRA and CONSUR represent the only geographical area yet to be allocated a Rugby World Cup. Argentina has expressed interest in hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 and has a compelling case to do so. 

Aviva Premiership: Americas Players Review - Round 2

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Round two of England's Aviva Premiership came to a close earlier today. It was a round featuring a number of talking points such as a shock performance from heavyweights Harlequins on Friday and a loss for the reigning champions, Northampton. Involved were players from Argentina and the USA - two countries of vital importance to the future of the sport of rugby. With expansion being crucial to sustainability the two countries offer realistic opportunities as future Rugby World Cup hosts. Of them Argentina is ideal for 2023 while the USA looms as a longer-term option, the earliest time possibly being 2031.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rugby Championship: Manuel Montero's impressive try v Australia

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Twenty-two year old Puma Manuel Montero underlined his future potential with a superb try against Australia earlier today. The Argentine left winger got passed three attempted Wallaby tackles to score a first half try which gave the South Americans the lead. The try came from a turn-over with former captain Juan Fernández Lobbe popping the ball out of a ruck and prop Marcos Ayerza feeding Martín Landajo who attracted two defenders, including Montero's opposite Peter Betham, before passing to Montero. From there the black panther ran sixty metres to score. Montero has been approached by Super Rugby side the Western Force to play for the Perth based franchise in 2015.

RWC Qualifier: Rodrigo Capó Ortega in Uruguay Squad for Russia

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Los Teros Headcoach Pablo Lemoine has confirmed Uruguay's squad that is to fly to Siberia to face Russia in the first of two elimination matches in the final round of Rugby World Cup Qualification. The squad features three changes from that which defeated Hong Kong 28-3 last month in Montevideo with the most notable change being the eagerly awaited return of Castres veteran Rodrigo Capó Ortega to international rugby. Also called up by Lemoine are Rodrigo Silva and Leandro Levias who both missed the Hong Kong match through injury. 

Rugby Championship: Australia v Argentina Highlights

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The fourth round match of the Rugby Championship between the Australian Wallabies and Argentine Pumas went the way of the home side. Australia's 32-27 victory sees Argentina retaining bottom spot in the four team competition. With a crowd of lower than 15,000 on Australia's Gold Coast it was a record low attendance. Australia is, like Argentina,  interested, in bidding to host Rugby World Cup 2023. Australia has hosted two Rugby World Cups previously including being the solo host of the 2003 tournament. By way of comparison Argentina is the only Rugby World Cup Semi Finalists never to have been allocated hosting rughts to a Rugby World Cup. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Rugby Championship: Fox Sports Top 5 Puma Power

Australia's Fox Sports has a very popular weekly segment in which Sean Malony presents a Top 5 list of all time the greatest moments in a range of categories. This week's edition took a look at Argentina's Top 5 moments as Australia prepares to host Los Pumas tomorrow in the Rugby Championship. Selected were tries by Felipe Contepomi, Martín Landajo and Federico Martín Aramburu as well as Argentina's win over the Wallabies in 1987 and some magic from the boot of Hugo Porta.