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Despite the tournament not getting under way for another three months, Los Pumas Headcoach, Santiago Phelan has today named a squad of 24 players to represent Argentina in the country´ first ever appearance in the expanded Tri Nations. The tournament, known in Argentina as the Personal Rugby Championship for sponsorship reasons will see Argentina playing home and away international matches against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. In order to best prepare players for the tournament, Phelan is using the upcoming international home matches vs Italy and France to test fringe players to see who should join the twenty-four named today to complete a squad of thirty players.
Of the twenty-four players named by Phelan for the Personal Rugby Championship, twenty play their rugby in France and four in England. Eighteen of the players played at Rugby World Cup 2011 with the six others all missing out despite all but one of them having played under Phelan in the years leading up to New Zealand 2011. The returning players are winger Rafael Carballo, scrumhalf Agustín Figuerola, backrower Alvaro Galindo, flyhalf Juan Martín Hernández and prop Juan Orlandi. Montpellier´s ace kicker Martín Bustos Moyano, as expected, has been named in the squad.
The team will begin its preperation for the Personal Rugby Championship in July with a training camp in Pensacola, Florida, USA. The full squad of thirty players will participate in the training camp in Pensacola and will be joined by three reserve squad members, giving the Pumas a complete group of thirty-three players.
Los Pumas Squad