Sunday, June 12, 2011

Fringe Players fail to impress as Argentina lose to French Barbarians in Resistencia

The Pumas squad for Rugby World Cup 2011 is closer to being confirmed following a below par performance from an Argentine side packed with experimentations vs the French Barbarians on Saturday afternoon in Resistencia. Argentina fielded a side packed with players considered as being second-string and to give them an opportunity to show why they should be selected for New Zealand 2011. Players given an ópportunity included Benjamín Macome, Julio Farías, Miguel de Achával, Leonardo Senatore, Nicolás Sánchez, Gabriel Ascárate, Juan Ignacio Gauthier and Agustín Gosio. Possibly only Senatore is likely to be selected for the Rugby World Cup.

The French Barbarians won the match 21-18 as Los Pumas, playing in a black strip, failed to score a try. The French Barbarians scored two tries and the Top 14´s highest points scorer, Romain Teulet of Castres, kicked eleven points. All of Argentina´s eighteen points came from the boot of flyhalf Nicolás Sánchez of Los Pampas XV who was making his first appearance for Los Pumas. A significant number of regular Pumas players based in Europe were rested for the encounter as coach Santiago Phelan looked to give opportunities to potential squad members. In the end the large number of players below international level proved to be insufficient and as such the French Barbarians were able to get the win. Nevertheless, the match was a highly positive experience for Argentina as it will have helped the selectors extensively in narrowing the squad down from 46 to 30 players for New Zealand 2011. Of the players in the starting XV two appear to be set to start for Argentina vs England in the World Cup clash in Dunedin. Those players being tighthead prop Martín Scelzo and secondrower Manuel Carizza. Another five loom as being in the squad of 30 but outside the match day XV, i.e. loosehead prop Juan Figallo, hooker Agustín Creevy, backrower Leonardo Senatore, scrumhalf Alfredo Lalanne and winger Lucas González Amorosino.

Despite fielding such a weakened side, the Argentine public turned out in force for the match as the recently constructed, El Estadio Centenario, received a strong crowd to underline the extensive popularity of rugby in Argentina and the capability of the country hosting Rugby World Cup 2023.


  1. who were the winners and losers out of this match for Argentina?

  2. The best players was Lucas Gonzalez Amorisino who played his first matchn in Argentine colors at fullback. He has previously been wing.

    Manuel Carizza had a solid match in the secondrow. Probably the best forward.

    The experimentations in the backrow underlined the reliance on the pro players.

  3. did any players play themselves out of contention for the World Cup squad?

  4. I think so. Mind you a number of them were simply picked to see how they would go rather than deciding on player A or player B. I´d suggest that the following players from the match will not make the squad and those marked with an * will have harmed their chances by playing poor.

    Benjamín Macome
    Julio Farías Cabello *
    Martín Scelzo *
    Miguel De Achaval *
    Genaro Fessia *
    Juan Ignacio Gauthie *
    Agustín Gosio
    Gabriel Ascárate
    Nicolás Sánchez
    Nicolás Bruzzone

  5. quien sabe quien uso la camiseta nº 17 en el mundial 2007? por favor contestar en gracias...