|Duendes win Nacional de Clubes 2011 |
The final underlines the strength of rugby in Argentina as a sport which extends nation wide and certainly includes powerful players and teams from outside of Buenos Aires. Many of the players to have come through the county´s semi professional system with Los Pampas XV have been from outside of Buenos Aires. Conversely, in 2007 only four players in the squad who claimed Bronze in France were not from the capital. Juan Manuel Leguizamón was the only player in the side that defeated France to open the tournament who is not from Buenos Aires. The squad for 2011 had far more players from outside of Buenos Aires. Rosario, for instance, contributed Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga, Nicolás Vergallo, Manuel Carizza, Leonardo Senatore and Juan Imhoff. All of which play for big name teams in France´s Top 14. Tomas Vallejos Cinalli is also from Rosario and plays for Harlequins in England. With Duendes winning the 2011 national club final the chances of more talented players being unearthered from Rosario is all but guaranteed to continue.
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