The UAR has confirmed a squad a twenty-six players to represent Argentina in this months Americas Rugby Championship in Canada. The squad is a mixture of players from Los Pumitas and from Los Pampas XV and also has three players from the senior Pumas squad who have played for Argentina in the 2013 Rugby Championship.
The side is to be trained by Los Pampas XV head coach Daniel Hourcade whose involved with Argentine rugby has had plenty to do with the development of players who have gone from being amateur players to playing for Los Pumas and also playing professional rugby abroad. The system has been so important to Argentine rugby that five of the players set to start for Argentina against Australia this weekend passed through the program.
It is, in other words, the basis for a future Super Rugby franchise with Argentina likely to be added to the competition for the 2016 with one or possibly two teams from the South American country being added. The test in Rosario on Saturday has Julio Farías Cabello, Juan Imhoff, Martín Landajo, Pablo Matera and Nicolás Sánchez all starting as players to have played under Hourcade previously.
The trio of Benjamín Macome, Joaquín Tuculet and Matíaz Díaz have been named in the squad to play in Canada. Together with 19 year old fly half Patricio Fernández and centre Matías Orlando these players are those likely to be in contention for a place in the Argentine squad for the November 2013 tour of Europe in which Argentina will play against England, Italy and Wales. The players, therefore, have plenty to play for that expands well beyond retaining the title of being champion of the Americas.
Los Jaguares is Argentina´s version of a secondary, or A national team and wll play against the equivalent sides from Canada, Uruguay and the USA. As such the matches are not going to be capped. Los Jaguares have won all three previous editions of the tournament and remain undefeated. Canada has always produced the runner-up.