Friday, June 1, 2012

Argentine Squad for The Rugby Championship

Hernández to play his first test
since 2009
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



1
Horacio Agulla
Leicester Tigers

2
Patricio Albacete
Stade Toulousian

3
Marcos Ayerza
Leicester Tigers

4
Marcelo Bosch
Biarritz Olympique

5
Martín Bustos Moyano
Montpellier

6
Maximiliano Bustos
Montpellier

7
Gonzalo Camacho
Exeter

8
Rafael Carballo
Union Bordeaux Begles

9
Manuel Carizza
Biarritz Olympique

10
Agustín Creevy
Montpellier

11
Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
Toulon

12
Santiago Fernández
Montpellier

13
Juan Figallo
Montpellier

14
Agustín Figuerola
Brive

15
Álvaro Galindo
Racing Métro

16
Lucas González Amorosino
Montpellier

17
Juan Martín Hernández
Racing Métro

18
Juan José Imhoff
Racing Métro

19
Juan Manuel Leguizamón
Lyon OU

20
Juan Pablo Orlandi
Racing Métro

21
Martín Rodríguez
Stade Français

22
Federico Nicolás Sánchez
Union Bordeaux Begles

23
Tomás Vallejos
Harlequins
24
Nicolás Vergallo
Stade Toulousian

4 comments:

  1. I don't get the 'personal championship'. Why is Argentina is calling like that its a little confusing. For personal reasons, sponsorship, it sounds like a chip on the shoulder sort of like a dissent or protest.

    Could you please explain. In advance, thank you.

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    1. Just the name of the company, no?

      Like the Heineken Cup instead of the Euro Club Cup

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    2. This list reflects yet another remarkable and unprecedented phenomenon in the growth and development of puma rugby: the backs are all amazing and had a stellar year in their teams and leagues....

      Is there a finer 11 and 15 combination in all of world rugby right now than Imhoff and Amorosino ?

      And what luxury to complement them with these two other robustly conceived ...opportunistic .... intelligent .... so difficult to bring down.... great tacklers....Camacho and Agulla....

      And if one considers the inclusion of Graham Henry to the coaching staff....as obsessed with back play and scoring trys as border collies are with running down sheep....then i can hardly believe the pure synchronicity of so many auspicious variables once again lining up beautifully together....and that can only mean and precede yet another dawn and revolution for puma rugby....

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  2. ....for the pumas in the world of international rugby have always been what comanche fighters are to regular armies....

    indian fighters who relied on rearguard actions to slow down the opposition....with bruising forwards and scrummaging that wore the opposion down....with the occasional raiding party from its backs....

    their primary purpose mostly to get their kickers or drop shots into range.... adding in 3's....not 5's....offense usually triggered by a counter attack from a loose ball produced by ferocious and unrelenting defense....the puma registered trademark....

    there isn't and never has been another DEFENSE rugby team in the world that loves tackling and closing gaps....or more difficult to score on in the last few minutes of a game.... like the Pumas ....these three words "defender los colores" is sacred and deeply revered amateur lore in Puma history.

    but now get ready.... these "indians" are getting ready to have an air force....

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