Friday, December 16, 2011

Alvaro Galindo returns for Racing Métro

Alvaro Galindo
Positive news continues to come from France for fans of Los Pumas as Paris club, Racing Métro have announced its team to take on London Irish tommorrow in round four of the Heineken Cup. The Parisian team includes two Pumas in the starting XV with backrower, Alvaro Galindo making his first appearance of the season after having missed Rugby World Cup 2011 due to injury. Galindo has been named in the 7 shirt and will join forces with Sebastien Chabal in the backrow. Galindo was expected to have been in Argentina´s World Cup squad and going off his form for Racing Métro last season in line to start the World Cup match vs England in combination with Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe and Juan Leguinzamón. Former Pumas tighthead prop, Juan Pablo Orlandi will start in the frontrow as will Argentine born former Italian international secondrower, Santiago Dellapé.

Racing Métro are using the match as practice, having already missed its chances of making the Heineken Cup Quarter Finals. As such the team is far from being at full strength and features a host of second-string players. Argentine flyhalf, Juan Martín Hernández has been named on the bench while Juan Imhoff has been rested altogether. The club sit in seventh place in the Top 14 Orange and have matches against strong performing sides coming up latter this month  - a home match vs Agen and an away match vs Montpellier.

Racing Métro
15 Germain
14 Saubade
13 Vakatawa
12 Matavesi
11 Bobo
10 Wiskinewski
9 Durand
8 Chabal
7 Galindo
6 Vaquin
5 van der Merwe
4 Dellape
3 Orlandi
2 Bianchin
1 Brugnaut

Reserves: 16 Noirot, 17 Tuugahala, 18 Coetzee, 19 Nailiko, 20 Descons, 21 Hernández, 22 Le Roux, 23 Ghezal

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