Friday, May 13, 2011

Argentina name pre 2011 Rugby World Cup 45 man squad


The Union de Argentina Rugby (UAR) announced a list of forty-five players to take on the French Barbarians in a two match series to be played in Argentina in June. The first match is to be played in Buenos Aires on June 04 and will be the first ever Los Pumas match played at the Independiente Stadium. The second match will be played one week latter on June 11 at the new stadium in Resistencia in the northern Argentine province of Chaco which borders Paraguay. The move to utilize Resistencia as a venue underlines the outstanding work of the UAR in recent years of taking Pumas matches to different parts of the country. With it, Argentina has a resumé of impressive potential venues to host Rugby World Cup venues should the UAS launch a bid to host Rugby World Cup 2023.


A second important factor in the announcement of the squad of forty-five players is the inclusion of thrteen players who are part of Los Pampas XV playing in South Africa´s Vodacom Cup. This underlines the success of the PladAR program and also the impressive results of the Los Pampas XV itself. The thirtenn Pampas XV players are Nicolás Bruzzone, Maxi Bustos, Agustín Creevy, Miguel de Achával, Julio Farías, Genaro Fessia, Mariano Galarza, Agustín Gosio, Santiago Guzmán, Juan Imhoff, Benjamín Macome, Nicolás Sánchez and Leonardo Senatore and all of which indeed have a real chance of making the squad for New Zealand 2011.

Missing from the squad is flyhalf Juan Martín Hernández who continues to recover from a knee injury but remains a realistic inclusion in the squad for Rugby World Cup 2011. Of the European based professional players, all but two have represented Argentina previously at the highest level. Harlequins secondrower, Tomás Vallejos Cinalli has been included in what is to be his second training camp following one in Paris in March 2011. While Montpellier winger, Martín Bustos Moyano is in the squad again but remains uncapped. A numer of players are returning including Toulouse hooker Alberto Vernet Basualdo, Biarritz secondrower Manuel Carizza, Agen backrower Alejandro Campos and Stade Français backrower Juan Leguizamón. there is no place in the squad for Edinburgh secondrower Esteban Lozada, Glasgow centre / winger Federico Martín Aramburu, Bourgoin centre Matias Viazzo or Agen centre Miguel Avramovic.

Needless to say, players not in this list of forty-five are all but no chance of making the squad for Rugby World Cup 2011.

Los Pumas Squad
1 - AGULLA, Horacio - Leicester Tigers - R.F.U
2 - ALBACETE, Patricio - Stade Toulousian - F.F.R
3 - AYERZA, Marcos Iván - Leicester Tigers - R.F.U
4 - BORGES, Lucas - ALBI - F.F.R
5 - BOSCH, Marcelo - Biarritz Olympique - F.F.R
6 - BRUZZONE, Nicolás Ariel - S.I.C - U.R.B.A
7 - BUSTOS MOYANO, Martín - Montpellier - F.F.R
8 - BUSTOS, Maximiliano - Universitario - Santafesina
9 - CAMACHO, Gonzalo Oscar - Harlequins - R.F.U
10 - CAMPOS, Alejandro - Agen - F.F.R
11 - CARBALLO, Rafael - Union Bordeaux Begles - F.F.R
12 - CARIZZA, Manuel - Biarritz Olympique - F.F.R
13 - CONTEPOMI, Felipe - Toulon - F.F.R
14 - CREEVY, Agustín - Libre - Libre
15 - DE ACHAVAL, Miguel - Asociación Alumni - U.R.B.A
16 - FARIAS CABELLO, Julio Alfredo - Tucuman R. C - Tucumán
17 - FERNANDEZ LOBBE, Juan Martín - Toulon - F.F.R
18 - FERNANDEZ, Santiago - Montepellier - F.F.R
19 - FESSIA, Genaro - Córdoba Athletic - Cordobesa
20 - FIGALLO, Juan - Montpellier - F.F.R
21 - FIGUEROLA, Agustín - Brive - F.F.R
22 - GALARZA, Mariano - Libre - Libre
23 - GALINDO, Alvaro - Racing Metro - F.F.R
24 - GAUTHIER, Juan Ignacio - Colomiers -F.F.R
25 - GONZALEZ AMOROSINO, Lucas - Leicester Tigers - R.F.U
26 - GOSIO, Agustin Oscar - Club Newman - U.R.B.A
27 - GUIÑAZU, Eusebio - Biarritz Olympique - F.F.R
28 - GUZMÁN, Santiago Nicolás - Tucumán R.C - Tucumán
29 - IMHOFF, Juan José - Duendes R.C - Rosario
30 - LALANNE, Alfredo - London Irish - R.F.U
31 - LEDESMA AROCENA, Mario Ezequiel - ASM Clermont Auvergne - F.F.R
32 - LEGUIZAMON, Juan Manuel - Stade Francais - F.F.R
33 - MACOME, Benjamín - Tucumán R.C. - Tucumán
34 - MIERES, Ignacio - Exeter - R.F.U
35 - ORLANDI, Juan Pablo - Racing Metro - F.F.R
36 - RODRIGUEZ, Martín - Stade Francais - F.F.R
37 - RONCERO, Rodrigo - Stade Francais - F.F.R
38 - SAN MARTIN, Horacio Alberto - AIRONI - F.I.R
39 - SANCHEZ, Federico Nicolás - Tucuman Lawn Tennis - Tucumán
40 - SCELZO, Martín - ASM Clermont Auvergne - F.F.R
41 - SENATORE, Leonardo Vicente - G.E.R - Rosario
42 - TIESI, Gonzalo Pedro - Stade Francais - F.F.R
43 - VALLEJOS, Tomas - Harlequins - R.F.U
44 - VERGALLO, Nicolás - Stade Toulousian - F.F.R
45 - VERNET BASUALDO, Alberto - Stade Toulousian - F.F.R

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