|Gonzalo Camacho´s tournament is over|
Argentina´s injury concerns continue with the confirmation from coach Santiago Phelan that his first choice right winger, Gonzalo Camacho will play no further part in the 2013 Rugby Championship. The 29 year old was injured playing for Argentina against New Zealand in Hamilton on Saturday evening New Zealand time. He left the field in the 45th minute being replaced by Lucas González Amorosino who is now one of three candidates to start against Australia in place of Camacho in Perth.
Camacho now joins Patricio Albacete and Leonardo Senatore on the sidelines with Albacete set to return for the home test in La Plata against New Zealand while Senatore will next play for Argentina, if selected, in November. Camacho´s next game will be in the Aviva Premiership for his new club, the Leicester Tigers. He joined the club on a two year deal after having previously played for rivals the Exeter Chiefs and the Harlequins. Senatore is likely to take the field around the same time as Camacho while players involved in the duration of the Rugby Championship for Argentina are set to be given some recovery time before comencing club duty.
Phelan has four wingers in his squad currently in Oceania. In addition to Horacio Agulla who started on the left wing in Mendoza and Hamilton he has Juan Imhoff who started in Soweto and both González Amorosino and Joaquín Tuculet who have been used as replacements in the 2-13 Rugby Championship thus far. The traditional Phelan policy is to train the starting line-up together on Monday and, as such, he should already have a strong idea of who he wishes to field in the back-three against the Wallabies.
The current crisis facing the Australians of not having the required players in the forwards has seen both New Zealand and South Africa win comfortably in Australia so far in the tournament. Both teams have done so with not only a superior pack but also with attacking finishers. In both instances back-three´s featuring Julian Savea, Israel Dagg and Ben Smith for the All Blacks and Willie Le Roux, Zane Kirchner and Bryan Habana for the Springboks have been able to finish off the hard work created from a forward pack doing its job extremely well.
The loss of Camacho combined with the players in his position within the squad, Phelan´s intention of rotating players and the fact that it will be a match against a Wallabies team under fire combine to suggest that the starting wingers ought to be Argentina´s best finishers. The strength of Australia is different to that of the All Blacks and Springboks with Argentina likely to have the better of the Wallabies in the forwards. But in order to win Phelan will need players who can create two on one opportunities and finish them off. The best players at this for the wing positions are without question Imhoff and González Amorosino. The Perth test would be an ideal opportunity to field them together as the starting wingers and go in for the kill over what is a vulnerable Australian team.
Gonzalo Camacho Injury