Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Argentina Squad for South American Championship

With the 2013 South American Championship coinciding with South Africa´s Vodacom Cup the squad named to represent Argentina is made up of a host of uncapped players. A decision was taken to field a squad of players that would not disrupt the campiagn of Los Pampas XV and would also enable the preperation for both the IRB Junior World Championship and the IRB Rugby Sevens World Cup. Both tournaments will be played in June while the South American Championship starts this Saturday wiuth Chile hosting Brazil in Temuco. 

Argentina´s squad could provide the other teams with a great opportunity of competing due to the players selected being far from first choice players. Indeed the players named in the Argentine squad are domestic based players with the most notable possibly being former Pampas XV frontrower Mauricio Guidone who had a stint in France with Mont de Marsan. Others of note include Joaquín Paz and Sebastien Poet while attention may well be placed on winger Pedro Imhoff for family reasons.

Argentina Squad

Santiago AlvarezCASIURBACentre
Tomás BorghiSICURBASecondrow
Juan CappielloPucaráURBACentre
Tomás CarrióDuendes RCRosarioWing
Martin ChiappesoniAt. del RosarioURBABackrow
Matias DiazTeqüeCuyoProp
Patricio FernándezJockey Club (R)RosarioFlyhalf
César FrutteroJockey Club VMCórdobaSecondrow
Santiago Garcia BottaBelgrano AthleticURBAProp
Tomás GilardonSICURBAProp
Mauricio GuidoneLa Plata RCURBAHooker
Santiago IglesiasUniversitarioTucumánHooker
Pedro ImhoffDuendes RCRosarioScrumhalf
Dan IsaackJockey Club (R)RosarioWing
Fidel LamyBanco RugbyCuyoBackrow
Tomás LavaniniHindú ClubURBASecondrow
Gonzalo MansoTucumán RCTucumánHooker
Pablo MateraAlumniURBABackrow
Santiago MéndezSICURBAScrumhalf
Francisco PanessiJockey Club (Cba)CórdobaBackrow
Joaquin PazCórdoba AthleticCórdobaFlyhalf
Joaquin PazPucaráURBAWing
Sebastian PoetAt. del RosarioURBAFlyhalf
Santiago RocchiaHuirapucaTucumánBackrow
Ignacio Saenz LancubaSan CiranoURBAProp
Germán SchultzTala RCCórdobaWing
Macario VillaluengaHuirapucaTucumánWing


  1. Replies
    1. weak?

      most of that squad still went to Urugauy this month
      and came back with plenty of change in their pocket.

      41-10,I think was the final score. Argentina could send their junior RWC team and still walk it at this rate.

      The other teams are going to be more pre-occupied about turning over each other than risking their best players against ARG!

      this tornament counts towards RWC qualifying!

    2. Agreed, the IRB have scheduled the tournament in a way that means that the other nations will rest players for Argentina.

      However this is a fifth choice Argentine team really, compare that to last year's team with Montero, Barrea, Cubelli and Landajo.

      If Uruguay had their strongest XV they could come close within 20 points to this Argentine XV.

    3. they had their strongest team at hand when the two teams last met, just three weeks ago, and as the score line suggests, it was still too much of a catch to reel in!

      if they could get within 20 points of this ARG team, strongest team or no strongest team it still ain't a win!

      Be interesting to see how ARG would fear if they sent a team like this to the Americas RC.

      They might be signing a check that they can't cash in!