Thursday, September 8, 2011
Argentina players in France - Montpellier
Montpellier's success in 2010-2011 was due to a number of factors but the most important were the clubs recruitment of Fabian Gaultie as headcoach and the clever purchasing of players the bolster the teams roster. Montpellier has players from three countries competing at the recently begun Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. The French backline is spearheaded by Francois Trinh-Duc while Fulgence Ouedraogo is an important backrower. The club also has Georgian internationals, notably Mamuka Gorgodze who is regarded as the countries best player of all time. USA international centre, Seta Tuiveluka plays for Montpellier biut is not playing in the Rugby World Cup after getting injured late in the 2010-2011 Top 14 season.
The club is also the home to five Pumas who are currently in New Zealand as well as a sixth who was a surprizingly left out of the squad altogether. Martín Bustos Moyano had a dream debut season for Montpellier and was Argentina's leading points scorer in Europe last season. He kicked Montpellier to a win in the Semi Final vs Racing Metro and was also instrumental in getting to the Semi Final after defeating Castres in the Top 14 barrage. Inside centre, Santiago Fernandez was another who had a great debut season as he proved to, like Bustos Moyano, be great value for money as he contributed greatly to Montpellier's successful season. Juan Figallo was the teams starting loosehead prop and was able to leave his mark on the opposition in big matches with hjis scrumaging and general on field presence. For the new season he will be joined by his frontrow Pumas teammates in the form of hooker Agustin Creevy and tighthead prop Maximilano Bustos. With six Argentine players in the squad, Montpellier have more players from Argentina than any other club this season.