Friday, May 10, 2013

Americas Tour - Events ahead of the weekend

The need for a dramatic shake-up in the international rugby order was made clearer today as South Africa joined previous hosts Ireland and France in wanting to host rugby World Cup 2023. Should South Africa´s stated intention of bidding for Rugby World Cup 2023 eventuate then it would be for a fourth consecutive time after South Africa failed to secure the World Cup in 2011, 2015 and 2019. Would Wales be looking to host matches in Ireland 2023, France 2023 or South Africa 2023? Afterall, Wales hosts matches every second Rugby World Cup.

Uruguayan international head coach Pablo Lamoine says that his sides win over Chile las Saturday is worth two years of the high performance plan. Having qualified for the final round of the Americas section of Rugby World Cup Qualification Uruguay can now focus on the upcoming South America XV match against England and the tour of Georgia in which Los Teros will play in the IRB Tblissi Cup.

Canadian internatioal flyhalf Nathan Hirayama is on the verge of making history. Going into the final round of the IRB´s World Sevens Series Hirayama is the leading points scorer. He holds an eight point lead at present with a total of 229 points scored.

Argentine international fullback Joaquín Tuculet will not be playing for Grenoble next season. The future professional future of the Puma remains unknown but he has made it clear that he wants to continue playing in France or return to England. He will be available for Argentina in the June internationals and the Rugby Championship and is likely to start against England at fullback and also cover outside centre. 

Former Pumas hooker Andrés Bordoy will not be available for international duty in June. The French based frontrower made his debut for Argentina in 2012, playing against France in Córdoba and Tucumán. He was on the bench behind Bruno Postiglino for the first test and started ahead of him in the second. In both matches Eusebiu Guinazú played at loosehead prop. Guiñazú went on to start at hooker for the remainder of 2012 but is likely to be the back-up option to Agustín Creevy from now on. Neither Guiñazú nor Creevy will play in June which means that Postiglioni could well be the starting hooker against England.

Creevy will be in action this weekend. He is one of four Pumas played that will take the field for Montpellier in the Top 14 barrage play-off against Castres on Saturday. Creevy will start at hooker and be joined in the frontrow by Maximilano Bustos while Santi Fernández will start at inside centre. Martín Bustos Moyano will also play, after having been named on the bench.

The other barrage match will take place later on today with Toulouse hosting Racing Métro at le stadium. The match is expected to have a close to capacity crowd. Starting for Toulouse will be Patricio Albacete who will play against his Pumas secondrow colleague as Manuel Carizza is one of four Pumas named by Gonzalo Quesada for the match. Juan Martín Hernández has been named at fullback and will be joined in the back-three by Juan Imhoff who told the French press that Hernández was his idol during the week. Also in the Racing Métro team will be Pumas back-rower Alvaro Galindo. At the completion of the Tp 14 season Galindo will return home to Argentina to live his with fmaily in  Tucumán. He will remain available for international duty. 

Four players from the Americas have been named in the Barbarians squad for the upcoming match against the British and Irish Lions in Hong Kong. Two play for the USA and two for Italy. The two Italian internationals have also been named in the Italian squad for its tour of South Africa in June. Joining Sergio Parisse and Martín Castrogiovanni will be fellow Argentine-Italians Luciano Orquera, Gonzalo Canale, Gonzalo Garcia, Matias Aguero and Alberto di Bernardo. The selection of di Bernardo comes as expected and means that both flyhalves in the squad are from Argentina.

Pumas winger Horacio Agulla finished off another excellent season in the Aviva Premiership. He continued from where he left off with Leicester as Bath named him as the clubs best back of the season. With Bath not featuring in the Aviva Premiership Semi Finals Agulla will have extra time to recover before the pre season training for the Rugby Championship begins in July.

Video of the Week
Following the emotional fairwell to Biarritz last weekend it is only appropriate to nominate Bosch´s try for his country last  year. Bosch gave the club his all to the extent that he suffered serious injuries to his shouler and knee. Bosch recovered to be Argentina´s starting centre in the first ever Rugby Championship and won plenty of accolades, especially as a defender.  He played for Biarritz from 2006 until last weekend. Bosch will join Saracens after the 2013 Rugby Championship. his try scored against France in Lille last November was his first at test level.


  1. Sorry to make a comment on this particular wall, but have you heard about Gus Pichot asking the IRB about The Jaguars participation in next year's PAC nations champs along with Jnr ABs and AUS Joeys.

    Is it true and what about the currie cup?

    1. It is all true. Pichot has posted pieces on twitter and a number of Argentine sources have been covering events. However so far nothing is official.

      * The UAR has asked the IRB to help press SANZAR into letting an Argentine side play in Super Rugby.

      * Los Pampas XV in the Currie Cup has been a possibility for over a year now and could well happen starting in 2014 with the Argentine side in the competitions second division.

      * It looks probable that a changed Pacific competition will see Los Jaguares involved against Fiji, Japan, Samoa, Tonga and possible participation from Australia and New Zealand. Australia´s participation looks doubtful given the ARU´s pay cuts and heavy debt.

    2. Can you find a link for this please?

      Sounds interesting, although where are USA and Canada in that Pacific competition?

    3. No word as of yet on the participation of North America.

      Here are some sources:

  2. I'm in two minds about this. The more rugby for Argentina the merrier.
    They would be exposed to the PAC style of rugby more often and even a loss here and there would not blight them too much as this would be the jaguars not the pumas.

    To complete in both competitions would be great. The currie cup premiere division is at a standard of super rugby so to be promoted to there would be superb.

    But amongst all this is regional confussion. The PAC nations?
    Since when was Argentina anywhere along the pacific coast? Chile is the country with the longest stretch of pacific coast line in the world.

    Surely they need to be exposed to a higher standard of rugby. Argentina has already agreed to help Uruguay excel further, so I think Chile will feel a little frosty with no competition to compete in.

    This could all be about cost. However I can't see how it would be cheaper for ARG to jet set around the pacific as opposed to staying in S.Africa for a couple of months.

    Argentina's historic ties with RSA should be maintained in my opinion and the IRB should instead cough up some money to CHI to enable them to participate in an expanded PAC nations cup.

    What do you think Paul?

    1. The Vodacom Cup is very costly and with no home matches there is no way that Argentina can make any money from it. The competition means that Argentina operates on a loss but with a lack of opportunities elsewhere it is the best available option, for now.

      In addition to the cost of having players in South Africa for the duration of the competition there are also a host of players who have to jet back to South America and elsewhere to play Sevens for Argentina or age graderugby for Los Pumitas. In the case of Santiago Cordero he did both.

      Los Pampas XV have readily changed players at will rather than establish a genuine starting XV. It means all squad members get game time. It has, however, seen the Argentine side lose a host of matches it ought to have won. Many players involved in the 2013 Quarter Final loss were picked ahead of superior players. Participation in the Currie Cup could change this. For it to happen the squad would likely be smaller. With around 28 in South Africa and others on standby playing for their Argentine clubs.

      The UAR wants Argentina to host some matches. i.e. play several rounds one after the other in Argentina.