Friday, March 18, 2011

Pumas Players feel for Christchurch

Argentina Rugby website, Rugby Time ( talked to some senior Argentina players about the decision to move all matches scheduled to be played in Christchurch to alternative venues following the damaging earthquake in the city on February 22 which killed over 180 people and has ruined the lives of thousands. Argentina were due to play two crucial pool matches in the city starting with the teams first match vs England and the third Pool match vs Scotland. Los Pumas were also to play a Quarter Final against a Pool A (Canada, France, Japan, New Zealand and Tonga) opponent if the team were successful in finishing first or second in the pool. Argentina were also scheduled to be based in Chrisatchurch during the majority of the pool phase. Now though, no matches will be played in Christchurch and the new location is yet to be confirmed.

Argentina international players expressed sadness in the games being moved from Christchurch and offered the people solidarity. Pumas and Toulon flyhalf and captain, Felipe Contepomi said that "It's a shame to Christchurch, which is a beautiful city of pure rugby. I think the measures are a precaution and I suppose it´s for the sake of the spectators. We now have to rethink issues of logistics, see where we go and change a few things. But I think it should not affect our preparation for the World Cup. I believe we now have to think about the World Cup and not so much where we play, "said Contepomi.

Pumas an Toulouse secondrower, Patricio Albacete, mirrored what Contepomi had to say in saying "it's a shame for the people of Christchurch, I imagine they should were really looking forward to the event, especially knowing the bigotry they have for the rugby there, but we will not change anything," said the Toulouse player. In the opinion of Pumas and Leicester winger, Horacio Agulla, the tragedy should not affect the players but it has unfortunatley cot the city its World Cup matches. "It's a shame that nothing can be done, but we understand everything that happened. The stadiums has been damaged."

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