Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Daniel Hourcade names Argentina Squad with Surprizes

Getty Images: Albacete, Farías, Senatore, Leguizamón and Agulla all in November Squad
New Pumas headcoach, Daniel Hourcade has named his first squad of players sicne being named as the replacemente to Santiago Phelan. Hourcade will be responsible for creating a winning culture after Argentina was not able to win a match in the Rugby Championship and lacked consistency. Argentina will face England in London, Wales in Cardiff and Italy in Rome in November.

The 31 man squad features changes from the Rugby Championship with there being call-ups for some Los Pampas XV players such as Javier Rojas and also some youngsters like Santiago Iglesias Valdez. Neither player was selected for a full strength team under Phelan but both were nonetheless capped. Rojas played three tests in the 2012 South American Championship as a mid-fielder and impressed. Iglesias Valdez, a hooker, jumps ahead of others to have been tried in recent times when Creevy has not been available. Both players, like Hourcade, are from the Northern Argentine city of Tucumán. 

Curiously there is only one specialist fly half included. Benjamín Urdapilleta has been in fine form for Oyonnax this season while Ignacio Mieres has been starting for the Worcester Warriors in the Aviva Premiership. Both clubs are, nonetheless, in the relegation zone. Rojas is, in effect, a replacement for Felipe Contepomi who retired earlier this month. The selection of Rojas comes ahead of Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga and with Gabriel Ascárate also having been selected the international future of the Stade Français back is in serious doubt. 

Others not in the squad are captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, tighthead prop Juan Figallo and wingers Manuel Montero and Gonzalo Camacho. The four of them have not been selected due to injury while  in addition to Rodríguez Gurruchaga Hourcade has also left out the likes of Martín Bustos Moyano, Rafael Carballo, Matías Orlando, Tomás Leonardí, Tomás De La Vega and 19 year old fly half Patricio Fernández. While there is no place for Pato Fernández his Pumitas teammate Santiago Cordero has been selected as one of five junior Pumas players. The others are Pablo Matera, Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Matías Díaz and Tomás Lavanini.  

The replacement for Figallo is his Montpellier teammate, Maximilano Bustos who joins the four other props from the Rugby Championship. In addition to Iglesias the squad features two other hookers with Agustín Creevy and Eusebio Guiñazú both retained. The second-row sees the young Lavanini joining Mariano Galarza, Manuel Carizza and Patricio Albacete to give Argentina a very formidable tight-five even with Figallo missing. No call up has been made to replace Fernández Lobbe. Instead Hourcade has gone for the same back-rowers from the Rugby Championship and Julio Farías Cabello set to return to the position. 

The backs see no place for either Nicolás Vergallo or Agustín Figuerola at scrum-half. Instead of picking the two French based players Hourcade will use the Buenos Aires based Tomás Cubello and Martín Landajo. Nicolás Sánchez is the only specialist fly half but both Marcelo Bosch and Santiago Fernández are also in the squad as centres who can play fly half. Other mid-fielders include Rojas, Ascárate and Gonzalo Tiesi. Horaio Agulla and Juan Imhoff are joined by Lucas González Amorosino  in the wing department while fullback sees Hernández having competition from Joaquín Tuculet and the young Cordero.

No word has yet been made as to who is the captain but it has been made official that former Pumas second-rower Pablo Bouza joins Hourcade as a an assistant.

Pumas Squad
Marcos Ayerza (Leicester, England)
Maximiliano Bustos (Montpellier, France)
Juan Pablo Orlandi (Bath, England)
Matías Díaz (Highlanders, New Zealand)
Nahuel Lobo (Unattached)


Agustín Creevy (Worcester, England)
Eusebio Guiñazú (Bath, England)
Santiago Iglesias (Universitario Tucumán)


Patricio Albacete (Toulouse, France)

Manuel Carizza (Stormers, South Africa)
Mariano Galarza (Worcester, England)
Tomás Lavanini (Hindú)

Julio Farías Cabello (Tucumán)
Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Lyon, France)
Benjamín Macome (Tucumán)
Pablo Matera (Leicester, England)
Leonardo Senatore (Worcester, England)

Tomás Cubelli (Belgrano)
Martín Landajo (CASI)

Nicolás Sánchez (Bordeaux, France)

Gabriel Ascárate (Glasgow, Scotland)
Marcelo Bosch (Saracens, England)
Santiago Fernández (Bayonne, France)
Javier Rojas (Universitario de Tucumán)
Gonzalo Tiesi (Unattached)

Horacio Agulla (Bath, England)
Juan Imhoff (Racing Métro, France)
Lucas González Amorosino (Oyonnax, France)

Santiago Cordero (Regatas)
Juan Martín Hernández (Racing Métro, France)
Joaquín Tuculet (Bordeaux, France)

1 comment:

  1. iglesias is the hooker who played in this years jwc!