The Sevens World Series has come to be the third level of development for potential Pumas players in a variety of positions. With the success of the PladAR system players who are young and considered to have potential in them have increasingly been selected for the Pumas Sevens team first and then going on to play in the Vodacom Cup. From there a player, if he performs, may earn the call up to the national side. Examples do exist such as winger Manuel Montero who was playing Sevens for Argentina in the 2011-2012 World Series and then made the Vodacom Cup squad and from there earned his debut for Argentina and went on to score the match winning try against France in Córdoba in June this year. Montero has earned a place in the Sevens team after impressing for Los Pumitas in the IRB Junior World Championship.
A player who looks to be following in the footsteps of Montero is 18 year old Santiago Cordero. The Los Pumitas fullback was a hit in the 2012 IRB Junior World Championship in South Africa. His try against France was amongst the best in the tournament. Since then he has gone on to make the Sevens team and had a solid tournament last weekend at the first event of the 2012-2013 Series, on Australia´s Gold Coast. Argentina won the Plate Final after recovering from a narrow Cup Quarter Final loss against New Zealand to go on to defeat Australia and France. Cordero was a key player.
Like Montero, Cordero plays a style of running rugby that tears up the traditions of Pumas defensive orientated rugby. Many backs coming through the system are being trained to play a more expansive brand of rugby and it has already been seen in both age grade rugby events and in the Vodacom Cup. Cordero, depiste his age, is likely to feature in the 2012 Vodacom Cup and could well debut for Argentina in the 2013 South American Championship.