Saturday, September 10, 2011
Gonzalo Tiesi ruled out of the World Cup
With the loss of Tiesi Argentina must now call upon a replacement. There are a number of options including Federico Martín Aramburu (Glasgow Warriors) or Martín Bustos Moyano (Montpellier) who is actually a winger but would offer goal kicking in addition to other advantages. It is likely, howver, that the player to replace Tiesi will be either Gabriel Ascárate or Lucas Borges. Ascárate is a centre who played for Los Pampas XV in the Vodacom Cup and has been linked to a move to France to play for Lyon. Borges is back in Buenos Aires playing for Pucurá after many years as a professional in France and Italy. The pair both travelled to England for the warm-up match vs the Worcester Warriors and so the question is whether Santiago Phelan wants to select the tested and tried or pick an inexperienced player?
Felipe Contepomi is also in doubt but has not been released from the squad. The flyhalf and captain suffered a rib injury but did not suffer any fracture. He is to be monitored over the coming days.