Thursday, August 29, 2013

Pumas Squad for away matches against New Zealand and Australia

Fernández Lobbe returns to Pumas squad 
In a day of mixed fortune for Argentine back-rowers Pablo Matera and Leonardo Senatore Pumas fans can feel beter overall. The injuries that contributed significantly to Argentina´s matches against South Africa have almost all gone away now as a near full-strength twenty-eight man squad has been confirmed for Argentina´s away matches against New Zealand in Hamilton and Australia in Perth.

The day started with confirmation that Pablo Matera is free to represent Argentina. Having been found not guilty of eye-gouging the 20 year old is now likely to form a starting back-row with veterans Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe. The return of Fernández Lobbe comes with the suspension of Leonardo Senatore. The Worcester Warriors back-rower is not in the squad after he was found guilty and given a nine week ban for foul play for biting. The loss of Senatore together with the continued recovery of Patricio Albacete from injury are the two concerns for Los Pumas for the remainder of the 2013 Rugby Championship. 

Although Albacete is likely to only feature in the home matches in La Plata and Rosario there is room for relief due to Manuel Carizza having recovered to give Argentina one of its two first choice second-rowers. Also returning from injury are Juan Imhoff and Juan Martín Hernández. Both players started in Soweto only to miss the home clash in Mendoza last weekend. Questions remain over whether or not they will both be back to start in the Hamilton test. 

Also in the squad to travel to New Zealand are forwards Benjamín Macome and Tomás Lavanini, two players who were on the bench in Mendoza due to Carizza and Fernández Lobbe being out of action. Should Julio Farías Cabello start in the second-row with Carizza then Lavanini either Lavanini or Mariano Galarza could be the replacement. Macome, on the other hand, is likely to be on the bench in place of the suspended Senatore. Also added to the squad is Gonzalo Tiesi. The specialist outside centre was left out of the squad for the home and away matches against South Africa.  

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