Thursday, September 19, 2013

Patricio Albacete returns to Pumas Squad

Albacete is fit for the home tests against New Zealand and Australia
Santiago Phelan has confirmed a twenty-six man squad or Argentina´s final two matches of the 2013 Rugby Championship. His squad features three changes with veteran second-rower Patricio Albacete returning from injury after having been injured in the first ruond loss against South Africa in Soweto. He replaces 20 year old Tomás Lavanini who together with prop Matías Díaz drops outside of the squad. 

The announcement means that 2012 starting fullback and 2013 Rugby Championship squad member Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga will not feature in this years tournament. Having been the first choice fullback in 2011 and for half of 2012 he now finds himself behind Lucas González Amorosino, Joaquín Tuculet and the converted Juan Martín Hernández. His utility status has not seen him retained as an inside centre either due to Felipe Contepomi, Marcelo Bosch and Santiago Fernández all being in the squad.

The 26 man squad has had the week off since returning from Australia and preperation should see Phelan confirm his starting line-up to face the All Blacks in La Plata named on Tuesday. Should Albacete start then Argentina would likely be fielding its best team for the first time in 2013. The only question is over Leonardo Senatore who is suspended but with Pablo Matera playing so well there is genuine reason to suggest Senatore would be on the bench covering a back-row consisting of Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Pablo Matera.

26 Man Argentina Squad

1
Horacio Agulla
Bath
England
2
Patricio Albacete
Stade Toulousian
France
3
Marcos Iván Ayerza
Leicester Tigers
England
4
Marcelo Bosch
Saracens
England
5
Manuel Carizza


6
Felipe Contepomi
Club Newman
Argentina
7
Agustín Creevy
Worcester
England
8
Tomás Cubelli
Belgrano Athletic
Argentina
9
Julio Farías Cabello
Tucumán R.C
Argentina
10
Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
Toulon
France
11
Santiago Fernández


12
Juan Figallo
Montepellier
France
13
Mariano Galarza
Universitario de la Plata
Argentina
14
Lucas González Amorosino


15
Eusebio Guiñazú
Bath
England
16
Juan Martín Hernández
Racing Metro
France
17
Juan José Imhoff
Racing Metro
France
18
Martín Landajo
C.A.S.I
Argentina
19
Juan Manuel Leguizamón
Lyon
France
20
Nahuel Lobo
Newcastle
England
21
Benjamín Macome
Tucumán R.C
Argentina
22
Pablo Matera
Asociación Alumni
Argentina
23
Juan Pablo Orlandi
Bath
England
24
Federico Nicolás Sánchez
Union Bordeaux Begles
France
25
Gonzalo Tiesi
S.I.C
Argentina
26
Joaquín Tuculet


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