Monday, July 23, 2012

Manuel Montero added to Pumas squad

Argentina wing Manuel Montero dives over to score
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Argentina´ squad has increased from thirty-three to thirty four players with the addition of 20 year old Los Pampas XV winger Manuel Montero. He becomes officially the sixth winger in the squad joining five European based players who all had solid seasons in England and France. Montero looms as a future star for Argentina having come through the ranks and playing in the IRB Junior World Championship. He made his international debut this year against Uruguay and has played in all six of Argentina´ test matches so far this season, scoring six tries - five in the South American Championship and one against France in Córdoba. His try against France secured a win for Los Pumas with France having been leading with the match into its final minutes. 

The inclusion of the young winger is a further indication of the chances that Santiago Phelan will be moving players from the wing to play centre and fullback. Lucas González Amorosino played the entire season for Montpellier at fullback and is all but certain to start in the position for Los Pumas in The Rugby Championship. Horacio Agulla started for Leicester on the right wing but was used on occassion at outside centre. With Argentina looking to play a more attacking brand of rugby the wing positions are likely to be filled by Juan Imhoff who had an outstanding debut season for Racing Métro and either Gonzalo Camacho or Martín Bustos Moyano. Camacho won the award for Game Changer of the season in the Aviva Premiership while Bustos Moyano had a solid second season in France and is Argentina´ best goalkicker. 

Rafael Carballo is the squads remaining winger with the player also capable of playing in the centres. Like Agulla he was utilized in the midfield by Bordeaux-Begles at times this past season. Argentina´ squad is lacking specialist centres with Gonzalo Tiesi only just having returned to the field this past Saturday. It leaves Phelan with the choice of continuning to play Marcelo Bosch in the 13 shirt and utilizing either Santiago Fernández or Martín Rodríguez at 12. Or, moving Agulla to outside centre to partner one of these three. It would seem to be the likely scenario for Los Pumas´ debut match in The Rugby Championship against South Africa on August 18 in Cape Town. This would explain the inclusion of Montero who brings the total of likely wingers in the squad to four as he joins Bustos Moyano, Camacho and Imhoff. 



Los Pumas Squad




1
Horacio Agulla 
Bath
England
2
Patricio Albacete 
Stade Toulousian
France
3
Marcos Ayerza
Leicester Tigers
England
4
Marcelo Bosch
Biarritz 
France
5
Martín Bustos Moyano
Montpellier
France
6
Maximilano Bustos
Montpellier
France
7
Gonzalo Camacho
Exeter Chiefs
England
8
Rafael Carballo
Bordeaux Begles
France
9
Manuel Carizza
Biarritz 
France
10
Agustín Creevy
Montpellier
France
11
Tomas Cubelli
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
12
Tomas De La Vega
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
13
Julio Farías Cabello
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
14
Juan Fernández Lobbe
Toulon
France
15
Santiago Fernández
Montpellier
France
16
Juan Figallo
Montpellier
France
17
Agustín Figuerola
Brive
France
18
Alvaro Galindo
Racing Métro
France
19
Lucas González Amorosino
Montpellier
France
20
Eusebio Guiñazú
Biarritz
France
21
Juan Martín Hernández
Racing Métro
France
22
Juan Imhoff
Racing Métro
France
23
Martín Landajo
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
24
Juan Leguizamón 
Lyon
France
25
Tomás Leonardi
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
26
27
Manuel Montero
Juan Pablo Orlandi
Los Pampas XV
Racing Métro
Argentina
France
28
Bruno Postiglioni
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
29
Martin Rodríguez 
Stade Français
France
30
Rodrigo Roncero
Unattached

31
Nicolás Sánchez
Bordeaux Begles
France
32
Leonardo Senatore
Los Pampas XV
Argentina
33
Tomás Vallejos
Harlequins
England
34
Nicolás Vergallo
Stade Toulousian
France

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