Sunday, June 3, 2012

Esteban Lozada joins June Argentina Squad

Lozada recalled by Phelan

The Pumas squad for the June international fixtures has increased by one with the inclusion of Agen´s new signing, secondrower Esteban Lozada. Aged 30 years, Lozada last appeared in a Pumas shirt in 2010 as a replacement in Argentina´s 22-16 win over Italy. On that afternoon, Lozada was a 47th minute replacement in what was his only test appearance of the year. He lost his place the younger Mariano Galarza and the solid performing Manuel Carizza. Galarza is out injured and will only return for the November tour of Europe, giving Lozada a real chance of playing in The Rugby Championship, depending on his form and game time vs Italy and France. The former Edinburgh forward is the final addition to the squad which consists of 30 players with the other 29 players having been named on May 25. Six players from the June tests will go on to play in The Rugby Championship, joining the squad of players released on Friday afternoon. 

The 24 man squad released is quite telling as to which players stand a greater chance of playing against Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Phelan named six players considered as wingers but no players considered as outside centres. As such the chances of Horacio Agulla being moved into the midfield appear to be strong with him and Bosch appearing to be the two players in line for outside centre. It also suggests that Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga is likely to play as an inside centre rather than a fullback this year with Lucas González Amorosino being the teams 15. The inclusion of Nicolás Sánchez as the second flyhalf joining Juan Martín Hernández appears to suggest that Ignacio Mieres´ chances are slim  despite having had a tremendous season in England. Furthermore with Santiago Fernández and Bosch both in the squad it would seem Mieres needs to play some excepcional rugby this month. Despite both Nicolás Vergallo and Agustín Figuerola having been selected, the form of Tomás Cubelli in the Vodacom Cup is too good to ignore and he is all but certain to be included in the squad for The Rugby Championship. 

The forwards are just as illustrative with Phelan having named Patricio Albacete, Manuel Carizza and Tomás Vallejos Cinalli as three secondrowers for the Rugby Championship. Julio Farías Cabello is likely to be the forth, having been moved there during the Vodacom Cup. Lozada along with Santiago Guzmán have the June tests to be selected ahead of him. There were also only three backrowers named with Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Alvaro Galindo and Juan Manuel Leguizamón likely to be joined by Leonardo Senatore and one other. Tomas de la Vega, depending on how he plays in June, could well be the fifth backrower. 

Meanwhile, despite Rodrigo Roncero retiring after the second test of June Phelan, nonetheless, named four props for the Rugby Championship which suggests that at the most Francisco Gomez Kodela will join Marcos Ayerza, Maximilano Bustos, Juan Figallo and Juan Orlandi with Figallo likely to start at tighthead but, if need be, move to loosehead should Ayerza need replacing during a test. This leaves hooker, a tough position for Argentina following the retirement of Mario Ledesma. Agustín Creevy is the only player named in the 24 man squad meaning that at least one of Andrés Bordoy, Eusebio Guiñazú and Bruno Postiglioni will join the squad. The most likely could well be Bruno Postiglioni who, despite having played in all three frontrow positions comes highly rated by Phelan. 

30 Man June Pumas Squad
Belisario Agulla (Agen, France)
Gabriel Ascárate (Los Pampas XV)
Rodrigo Báez (Los Pampas XV)
Facundo Barrea (Los Pampas XV)
Andrés Bordoy (Pau, France)
Rodrigo Bruno (Los Pampas XV)
Felipe Contepomi (Stade Français, France)
Tomás Cubelli (Los Pampas XV)
Tomás de la Vega (Los Pampas XV)
Julio Farías Cabello (Los Pampas XV)
Genaro Fessia (Los Pampas XV)
Francisco Gómez Kodela (Biarritz, France)
Agustín Gozio (London Scottish, England)
Eusebio Guiñazú (Biarritz, France)
Santiago Guzmán (Los Pampas XV)
Pablo Henn (Brive, France)
Martín Landajo (Los Pampas XV)
Tomás Leonardi (Los Pampas XV)
Esteban Lozada (Agen, France)
Benjamin Macome (Los Pampas XV)
Ignacio Mieres (Exeter Chiefs, England)
Román Miralles (Los Pampas XV)
Manuel Montero (Los Pampas XV)
Matías Orlando (Los Pampas XV)
Bruno Postiglioni (Los Pampas XV)
Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Français, France)
Leonardo Senatore (Los Pampas XV)
Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Stade Français, France)
Joaquín Tuculet (Sale Sharks, England)
Benjamin Urdapilleta  (Harlequins, England)

1 comment:

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    "the flag of the Republic of Nicaragua is formed with three horizontal bands of the same seize, the external ones being cobalt blue, and the middle one is white".