Thursday, July 8, 2010
Famous Faces Abroad – Argentine Players at FEMI-CZ RUGBY ROVIGO
The northeastern Italian club Femi-CZ Rugby Rovigo will be home to six Argentine players in the 2010-2011 season. The most high profile is Pumas back-rower Alejandro Abadie. Abadie made his debut for Argentina vs England in November 2009 and played all three tests during the tour of England, Wales and Scotland. With the return of Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Genaro Fessia from injury Abadie was left out of the squad for the June 2010 test matches. Instead he played for Argentina A vs France.
In addition to Abadie, the club will have a further five players from Argentina for the 2010-2011 season. None of them are in contention of a place in the Pumas squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 but center / flyhalf German Bustos is a former Argentine interational. Bustos played 4 test matches for Argentina from 2003-2004, all against different South American countries. He made his test debut vs Paraguay, scoring 18 points thanks to converting 9 tries. Los Pumas won the match 144-0. Bustos´s place in Pumas history is guaranteed as Patricio Albacate, Lucas Borges and Juan Martín Hernández were all debuting for Argentina. His total points tally for Argentina is 51 points with a remarkable 100% accuracy as he never missed a kick at goal. The Mendoza native also played against Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela for Los Pumas.
Santa Fé´s Wing / Fullback Pablo Calanchini has been playing in Italy since 2002 and for Rugby Rovigo since 2006. He is a nationalized Italian, having played Sevens for Italy from 2005-2007 but has never been selected to play international rugby for the senior Italian team.
The other three players are prop Gonzalo Buquete from Buenos Aires, scrum-half Juan Cruz Lagora from Córdoba and center Gabriel Pizzaro from San Juan. None of which have played international rugby. Such is the quantity of Argentine players in Italy that there are so many players, many of whom have never been considered as representing Argentina. It is a reflection of the strength of Argentine rugby to have so many exported players and yet be able to field strong domestic based players in the senior side every year.