With the 2011 Los Pampas XV captain, Agustín Creevy now playing in France full time, the captancy became vacant and Farías´s rise as an important player has seen him given the honors of leading the side into its 2012 campaign. Hourcade and his coaching staff confirmed Farías as captain with Mariano Galarza as vice captain. The selection underlines just how hard Fariás has worked as he has given everything for his country and has won the respect of his peers and coaches. In December he won the reward of sportman of the year from his home province of Tucumán and now he is heading into the Vodacom Cup like a man ten years younger than his age.
His choice as captain makes a lot of sense but it also brings in one important question - where will he play? Los Pampas XV has solid players in both the second and backrows with World Cup secondrower Mariano Galarza in the team as well as the pair of Alejandro Campos and Genaro Fessia. Santiago Phelan opted to field two reserve props and no reserve secondrower to replace Patricio Albacete and Manuel Carizza in the World Cup Quarter Final vs New Zealand. Julio Farías was seen as the man to play in the secondrow should the need arise. With a fram of 1.93cm and weighing in at 110KG, Farías weighs only on KG less than Ignacio Fernández Lobbe did at France 2007 and is only 3cm shorter.