|Southern Kings captain|
Only a few of Argentines have played Super Rugby. Juan Martín Hernández had a brief injury curtailed stay with the Sharks, Eusebio Guiñazu made a few bench appearances for the Stormers, Federico Méndez had a successful stint with the Sharks, and Patricio Noriega played for the Waratahs after committing to playing for Australia.
However now there could be an opportunity for more Argentines to play Super Rugby from next year as the South African side the Southern Kings who are to be added in place of the Lions next year revealed they are in talks "with several" Argentines.
Like the Lions who they are replacing, the Kings are highly tipped to struggle in Super Rugby next year, with their side not even in the top Currie Cup division, so it makes sense that they may want to boost their side with some Argentines, especially as now the Pumas have got to more prominence in the country thanks to their entry into what was the Tri Nations.
|South Africa has helped|
Argentina with initiatives
like the Pampas XV.
The other SANZAR nations
should follow this example.
Again it seems South Africa is proving to be by the far the most supportive of the SANZAR nations towards Argentina. They firstly allowed a side made of Argentines to compete in the Vodacom Cup to give an opportunity to Argentines without pro clubs to play at a higher level with the Pampas XV, who have been a success and now may be added to the Currie Cup. And now may be allowing more Argentines to join a Super Rugby team. The other members of SANZAR (Australia and New Zealand) should take note as to how South Africa is lending a hand to nations who don't have as high standard of domestic competition.
Here are a few available players who Super Rugby sides may be interested in.
Manuel Carizza (27 caps) - The lock has done well so far in the Rugby Championship and been a reliable figure in the pack, he was released by Biarritz at the end of last season due to him deciding to play for the Pumas and despite being linked to a few sides failed to find a club for the new season.
Tomás Cubelli (10 caps) - He may not be the preferred choice at scrum half by Phelan (who doesn't really play many youngsters in his team), but Cubelli was seen as one of the standouts in the Pampas XV's Vodacom Cup campaign this year. Two other scrum halves also available are Agustín Figuerola and Martín Landajo.
Manuel Montero (6 caps) - The large Rougerie-like winger and youngest member of the Pumas Rugby Championship squad, who scored the winning try for the Pumas reserve side that defeated France could be a good asset galloping down the hard South African pitches.
Tomás de la Vega (5 caps) - An flanker who impressed in the Argentine reserves victory over France, would be another available player who the Kings should look at.