Friday, May 18, 2012

Leo Senatore to captain first Pumas test of 2012

Los Pumas World Cup backrower, Leo Senatore has been given the honor of captaining Argentina in its first test of the year as Los Pumas take on Uruguay in Santiago, Chile on Sunday. In what is to only be his fifth international appearance, the man from Rosario will lead a team packed with players from the Los Pampas XV side which reached the Quarter Finals of South Africa´s Vodacom Cup. Such is the experimentation of the squad that Senatore is the only player who played in last years Rugby World Cup to be in the team. Others to have played in New Zealand who are a part of Los Pampas XV have been rested and are not a part of the 26 man squad for the South American Championship in which Argentina will also face Brazil and Chile over the next week.

Having just turned 28, Senatore is a player to keep an eye on in 2012 as Argentina are to have three home tests in June followed by home and away fixtures vs Australia, New Zealand and South Africa in The Rugby Championship and then a three test tour to Europe in November. Senatore, having returned from a stint in the Top 14 with Toulon is widely expected to be in Argentina´s starting XV to face Tier One opposition. He is likely to join Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamón in forming the first choice backrow. 

Besides Senatore the other players who could well play in the June internationals are winger Manuel Montero, scrumhalf Martín Landajo and secondrower Santiago Guzmán. replacements Bruno Postiglioni and Tomás Cubelli are also players to watch out for. 


1- Roberto Tejerizo
2- Martín García Veiga
3- Gastón Cortéz
4- Santiago Guzmán
5- Benjamín Macome
6- Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal
7- Javier Ortega Desio
8- Leonardo Senatore (captain)
9- Martín Landajo
10- Valentín Cruz
11- Manuel Montero
12- Javier Rojas
13- Matías Orlando
14- Diego Palma
15- Ramiro Moyano

16- Ignacio Saenz Lancuba
17- Bruno Postiglioni
18- César Fruttero
19- Nicolás Azzorin
20- Tomás Cubelli
21- Stéfano Ambrosio
22- Facundo Barrea

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