As the countdown to the eagerly awaited debut appearance of Argentina in The Rugby Championship continues the final touches are being made to the team. Los Pumas are currently training in Pensacola, Florida with coach, Santiago Phelan having the 33 man squad extensively tested and prepared before he confirms the final make up of the squad of 30 players. The man selected to lead the team is the 43 timed capped backrower, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. The 30 year old is a veteran of two Rugby World Cup´s and has also captained at the top level in both England and France. He captained the Sale Sharks in the 2008-2009 season, his third and final season at the club. He left to play in France for Toulon and has led the team on multiple occassions.
Confirmation of the man they call Corcho means Patrício Albacete will not lead the side despite some key Anglo sources having this past week reported that the Toulouse secondrower had been named as the new skipper. Corcho takes over the captaincy of the team permanently after previously having substituted the now formar captain, Felipe Contepomi. He has been playing test rugby since 2004 when he made his first test appearance vs Uruguay. His appointment is certain to see him not only lead the team´ charge in attempting to secure wins in The Rugby Championship but Also to lead the team into the future with a clear eye on Rugby World Cup 2015.