Saturday, September 10, 2011

Gonzalo Tiesi ruled out of the World Cup

Argentina outside centre, Gonzalo Tiesi, will play no further part in Rugby World Cup 2011 after the Stade Français back suffered a knee injury from a late tackle from English secondrower, Courteney Lawes. The incident which occured in the 33rd minute saw Tiesi leave the field to be replaced by winger Juan Imhoff after Marcelo Bosch had already replaced Felipe Contepomi who also had to leave the field. Tiesi´s injury is yet to be 100% identified but it has been confirmed that he suffered ligament damage. The Argentine coaches and medical staff decided to release Tiesi to allow him to return to recover in Buenos Aires. The injury marks ths second consecutive Rugby World Cup that has been dominated by injury as he was injured in the final warm-up match before the opening game of France 2007. He recovered to play vs Georgia and Namibia but had been marked down to play a bigger role as the teams starting 13.

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.

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