Sunday, June 16, 2013

23 Argentine players confirmed for Georgia

Photo: Rodrigo Vergara - Nicolás Vergallo carries v Georgia in 2011

Next Saturday´s history making first ever match between Argentina and Georgia outside of a Rugby World Cup is more than just a match to complete the June schedule. With Argentina set to face Europe 1 in England 2015 it is all but certain that there will be a match between Argentina and Georgia for the third  straight Rugby World Cup. The players who will take the field in Rugby World Cup 2015 will be a much stronger side overall but there is, nonetheless, a strong chance of a number of players in the squad to play in England 2015.

Coming off two far from impressive performances against England anything other than a convincing win will be utterly unacceptable. This is a match that Argentina have to win ad win well. But it is not going to be an easy afternoon in San Juan. Earlier today Los Pumas Headcoach Santiago Phelan confirmed a twenty-three man squad for the match. It was a squad featuring five changes from the side that faced England in Buenos Aires on Saturday. Gone are Felipe Contepomi, Julio Farías Cabello, Pablo Henn, Manuel Montero and Nicolás Vergallo. They have been replaced by Tomás Carrío, Tomás Vallejos Cinalli, Martín Landajo, Bruno Postiglioni and Benjamín Urdapilleta.

The inclusion of Tomás Vallejos Cinalli means Argentina will have two players who faced Georgia in Palmerston North two years ago - Vallejos Cinalli and fellow secondrower Mariano Galarza. Vallejos Cinalli was on the bench as the reserve secondorwer and he made his test debut in the 71st minute replacing Galarza. Curiously the other secondrower in Argentina´s squad for the upcoming match in San Juan is Esteban Lozada who faced Georgia in Rugby World Cup 2007.

Without Contepomi there will be a new captain and there is no certainty as to who could captai the side. Of the players likely to start the most notable name is Goznalo Tiesi who has played in two Rugby World Cup´s and has a resumé including playing professional rugby in England and France and winning test matches over a host of Tier One nations. It would appear logical to give Tiesi the honor of leading Argentina with the other option seemingly being that of Mariano Galarza who lead Los Pampas XV in the 2013 Vodacom Cup. Given Tiesi´s experience, form and his fluent English he should, however, be the leader.

Possible Pumas team v Georgia
1 Guillermo Roan, 2 Martín García Veiga, Maximilano Bustos
4 Tomás Vallejos Cinalli, 5 Mariano Galarza
6 Tomás De La Vega, 8 Tomás Leonardí, 7 Rodrigo Báez

9 Tomás Cubelli, 10 Benjamín Urdapilleta
12 Gabriel Ascárate, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi (captain)
11 Tomás Carrío, 15 Martín Bustos Moyano, 14 Matias Orlando

Argentina Squad

Prop
Maximiliano Bustos (Montpellier, France)
Francisco Gómez Kodela (Biarritz, France)
Guillermo Roan (Cavalieri Prato, Italy)
Bruno Postiglioni (La Plata, Argentina)

Hooker
 Martín García Veiga (C&RC, Argentina)
Mauricio Guidone (La Plata, Argentina)

Secondrow
Mariano Galarza (Universitario de La Plata, Argentina)
Esteban Lozada (Agen, Argentina)
Tomás Vallejos Cinalli (West Red Sparks, Japan)

Backrow
Rodrigo Báez (Liceo RC, Argentina)
Tomás De la Vega (CUBA, Argentina)
Tomás Leonardi (Southern Kings, South Africa)
Benjamín Macome (Tucumán R.C, Argentina)

Scrumhalf
Tomás Cubelli (Belgrano Athletic, Argentina)
Martín Landajo (CASI, Argentina)

Flyhalf
Benjamín Madero (SIC, Argentina)
Benjamin Urdapilleta (Oyonnax, France)

Centre
Gabriel Ascárate (Carcassonne, France)
Gonzalo Tiesi (London Welsh, England)
Matías Orlando (Huirapuca, Argentina)

Back-Three
Belisario Agulla (Agen, France)
4 Martín Bustos Moyano (Bayonne, France)
Tomás Carrió (Duendes, Argentina)

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