Wednesday, October 2, 2013

26 man Los Jaguares Squad named for Americas Rugby Championship

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. 

Player
Club
Union
Position
1
Matías Alemanno
La Tablada
Cordobesa
Second-row
2
Facundo Barrea
Córdoba Athletic
Cordobesa
Wing
3
Gonzalo Bertranou
Los Tordos
Cuyo
Scrum-half
4
Juan Ignacio Brex
San Cirano
Buenos Aires
Centre
5
Joaquín Camacho
Buenos Aires C&RC
Buenos Aires
Back-row
6
Juan Cappiello
Club Pucará
Buenos Aires
Centre
7
Martín Chiappesoni
Atlético del Rosario
Buenos Aires
Back-row
8
Matías Díaz
Highlanders
New Zealand
Prop
9
Patricio Fernández
Jockey Club
Rosario
Fly Half
10
Martín García Veiga
Buenos Aires C&RC
Buenos Aires
Hooker
11
Juan Guerineau
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Second-row
12
Pedro Imhoff
Duendes RC
Rosario
Scrum-half
13
Dan Isaack
Jockey Club
Rosario
Wing
14
Fidel Lamy
Banco RC
Cuyo
Back-row
15
Benjamín Macome
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Back-row
16
Julián Montoya
Club Newman
Buenos Aires
Hooker
17
Ramiro Moyano
Lince RC
Tucumán
Fullback
18
Matías Orlando
Huirapuca
Tucumán
Centre 
19
Francisco Panessi
Jockey Club
Cordobesa
Back-row
20
Guido Petti Pagadizabal
SIC
Buenos Aires
Second-row
21
Sebastián Poet
Atlético del Rosario
Buenos Aires
Fly Half
22
Bruno Postiglioni
La Plata RC
Buenos Aires
Hooker
23
Javier Rojas
Universitario
Tucumán
Centre
24
Roberto Tejerizo
Tucumán Lawn Tennis
Tucumán
Prop
25
Joaquín Tuculet
Unattached

Fullback
26
Esteban Viale
Marista RC
Cuyo
Prop

6 comments:

  1. Strange when you say second team. They could probably select a "better" second team from players currently plying their trade in Europe.

    A good looking team though. Be nice to see how the youngest players get on. Did you see Jeronimo Mazzoni recently, in the SA junior comp?

    What is your opinion on D. Houracade as a potential national coach?

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    1. Sorry, I meant to imply second team in terms of the IRB definition, not in terms of actuality.

      Hourcade is a possibility for the future no doubt as are Mario Ledesma and Gonzalo Quesada with the two French based coaches quite likely to be in the mix after RWC 2015. Hourcade is very well respected and certainly has a good eye for identifying players.

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  2. Paul, strong rumours that Matera is heading to Leicester. Huge move for him

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  3. I know little about Fidel Lamy and Fran Panessi. can you fill us in about there worth?
    Camacho is the younger bro of Gonzalo and Chiappesoni usually does 7's.

    Why no Baez, de La Vega, Bruno or Ahuillia(spelling?) ???

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    1. A mixture of Hourcade giving other players opportunities and age though in the case of de la Vega he is no longer in the PladAR system. He opted to get out of his contract to play in the URBA Top 14.

      Fidel Lamy is a 24 year old from Mendoza who is back in the mix now in 2013 after playing for the Arg under 19 team in 2007. From 2008-2012 he was not involved in the Argentine senior or junior programs.

      Francisco Panessi is not the youngest either. He is 25 and like Lamy was capped for the first time this year in the South American Championship. He previously played for the Under 19 side in 2007 and the Under 20 Pumitas in 2008.

      Both are examples of players from outside of Buenos Aires now getting opportunities due to PladAR expanding beyond URBA. The stranglehood that existed previously is all but over. Players now don´t need to play in the URBA Top 14 to be noticed. This is how and why so many players from elsewhere have been able to get in the team.

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  4. Thanks Paul. This is brilliant news, as before and I mean as late as 2005 the UAR and the URBA were practically the same thing.

    You may know of the Noriega incident during the time when the URBA player associated with the pumas all threatened to go on strike.

    This certainly wasn't a democratic time in ARG rugby and I'm glad it's come to an end now. One union and it's players shouldn't be allowed to dominate the national scope.

    Shame about De la vega though. I get the sense that URBA politics might be at work!

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