Friday, March 15, 2013

Americas Tour - Events ahead of the weekend

The probability of having Uruguay play Russia with the winner advancing to Rugby World Cup 2015 as the Play-Off winner took a massive boost last weekend as Russia completed an impressive second half comeback to score four tries one after the other to defeat the Portuguese in Portugal. It puts Russia in third place with Georgia and Romania looking assured of qualifying as Europe 1 and Europe 2.

While the European qualifiers will not be revealed until 2014, Americas 1 and Americas 2 will be determined later this year. Americas 1 will be known in August. The dates and venues have been set for the two match home and away series between Canada and the USA. The USA will host Canada in Charleston, South Carolina on August 17 and Canada will host the return ficture on August 24 in Toronto.

Italy´s quest to defeat Ireland for the first time since entering the Six Nations in 2000 sees the all-Argentine 10-12-13 combination starting. Luciano Orquera has been named at flyhalf with Gonzalo Garica at inside centre and Gonzalo Canale outside him. The team will be captained by La Plata´s Sergio Parisse.

Pumas hooker Eusebio Guiñazú is fit again after having recovered from fractured ribs. He made his debut appearance for Bath this past weekend in the Anglo-Welsh Cup. He will not play this weekend due to Bath losing the Semi Final. This weekend will have no matches in the Aviva Premiership, Top 14 or Rabo Direct Pro 12.

Exeter Chiefs winger Gonzalo Camacho looks set to leave the Aviva Premiership to play in the Top1 4 next season. His destination is set to be Paris with Stade Français and the nearby Racing Métro both having offered Camacho contracts.

Argentine referee Francisco Pastrana continues to gain experience in Super Rugby. He refereed this morning´s (Argentina time) match between the Highlanders and Hurricanes in Dunedin and will referee the upcoming match between the Warratahs and Blues in Sydney.

The UAR confirmed the kick-off times for Argentina´s matches in the 2013 Rugby Championship. Los Pumas will begin the campaign against South Africa in Bloemfontein at 10am Argentine time and hsot the return match in Mendoza at 4:10pm. Argentina´s tour across the Pacific Ocean will see  Los Pumas play against New Zealand in Hamilton at 4:35am and then against Australia in Perth the following weekend at 7:05am. Like in 2012 Argentina will host New Zealand and Australia in the final two rounds and will do so in La Plata and Rosario. Both matches will kick-off at 8:10pm.

The Los Pamas XV team to face the SWD Eagles features twelve changes with only secondrower Tomás Vallejos Cinalli, winger Manuel Montero and fullback Santiago Cordero set to start after playing last weekend. The team for round two will be led by Tomás Cubeeli who replaces Argentina´s first choice scrumhalf Martín Landajo.

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