Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Rugby Championship Players to Watch - Julio Farías Cabello

Players who make their international debuts in their 30´s are not considered as being likely to play too many test matches. They are also not likely to be able to hold down a position in the starting lineup. Tucumáns´ Julio Farás Cabello has been doing the opposite for Los Pumas since making his international debut as a 32 year old from the bench vs France in Montpellier in November 2010. Farías Cabello was called up, against all odds, to the Pumas squad after Argentina had lost Manuel Carizza to injury the previous week vs Italy. With Juan Leguizamón also missing, Santiago Phelan opted to select the experienced Farías Cabello who had previous experience of playing in France. His experience, however, was in the lower French divisions playing for Rouen from 2006-2009.

His call up was, indeed, a shock to virtually everyone but he proved to be worthy as he delivered a sound performance vs France from the bench and then started vs Ireland the following weekend. He had been convinced by Daniel Hourcade to return to Argentina after the Los Pampas XV coach had seen him playing for Rouen. This saw him named in the Pumas squad for the 2010 The Americas Championship held in Córdoba. Farías Cabello played for Los Jaguares against Canada Select XV, Tonga A and the USA Select XV and was subsequently named in the Los Jaguares squad for the team two match tour of Russia that year. He played well to move ahead of Tomás Leonardí and Leonardo Senatore who had been considered the back ups to the first choice backrowers and his chance arrived in November 2010. Indeed, after returning to Argentina after the November 2010 tour of Europe, the career of Fariás Cabello career was forever changed. Hourcade named him in the Los Pampas XV squad for the 2011 Vodacom Cup squad and he cemented a starting place in the backrow which saw him go on to be Argentina´ starting number 6 at Rugby World Cup 2011. 

Try scorer vs New Zealand
Farías Cabello played in ten matches for Los Pampas XV in the 2011 Vodacom Cup. He was an important player in the undefeated championship winning side and went on to start in Argentina´ only test match before Rugby World Cup 2011. In starting vs Wales it was clear that Phelan was to also start him in the World Cup. Indeed it was the case with Farías Cabello starting Los Pumas´ first match of New Zealand 2011, vs England in Dunedin. He was rested for the second match, vs Romania, but returned to start against Scotland, Georgia and the host nation. The year of 2011 finsihed for Farías Cabello in a big way as he was elected as Tucumáns best sportsman

2012 started just as well for Farías Cabello as he was awarded the captaincy of Los Pampas XV for this years Vodaocm Cup. The campaign was not as good as in 2011 due to a high number of players having been signed by European clubs which saw Farías Cabello teaming up with many new and inexperienced players. The team, nevertheless, managed to make it to the knock-out stages and were defeated in the Quarter Finals. It was a different campaign for Farías Cabello in a second way - he was mvoed into the secondrow and played there for most of the 2012 Vodacom Cup season. His move was a reflection of the needs of the team and of Los Pumas. The likes of Tomás De La Vega and Tomás Leonardí performed well in South Africa, encouraging Pumas fans who are seeking someone to join Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe in the backrow. indeed in Argentina´s home matches vs Italy and France, Farías Cabello started two of the three in the secondrow with De La Vega, Leonardí and Leonardo Senatore being the best of Argentina´s backrowers. 

For the rest of the 2012 season Farías Cabello is certain to be playing for Los Pumas, with the position of secondrow certain to be where he is to be used. Argentina have lost his Los Pampas XV colleague, Mariano Galarza to surgery and he will not play in The Rugby Championship. Phelan´ 24 man squad for the Southern Hemisphere event features only three secondrowers with Farías Cabello all but certain to be named as one of four secondrowers when it is expanded to 30 players. The three named already are Patricio Albacete Manuel Carizza and Tomás Vallejos Cinalli. Farías Cabello was a late starter and this year may prove to be his last one as he has mentioned in interviews with Argentine sources that he is considering retirement to concentrate on his family life. He is going into The Rugby Championship with ten test caps to his name.

Week Three: Marcelo Bosch
Week Four: Agustín Creevy
Week Eight: Rodrigo Roncero
Week Nine: Gonzalo Camacho
Week Ten: Patricio Albacete
Week Eleven: Horacio Agulla
Week Twelve: Juan Figallo
Week Thirteen: Santiago Fernández
Week Fourteen: Tomás Cubelli 
Week Fifteen: Marcos Ayerza
Week Sixteen: Manuel Carizza
Week Seventeen: Nicolás Vergallo
Week Eighteen: Juan José Imhoff
Week Nineteen: Alvaro Galindo
Week Twenty: Maximilano Bustos
Week Twenty-One: Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga
Week Twenty-Two: Julio Farías Cabello
Week Twenty-Three: Tomás De La Vega

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