Interim Argentine headcoach Daniel Hourcade will remain in charge of the team until Rugby World Cup. UAR President Luis Castillo confirmed that confidence has been given to former Los Jaguares and Pampas XV coach from Tucumán.
With there being less than two years to go and Hourcade known to be highly experimental in player selection and open to playing an expansive brand of rugby the confirmation does not come as a major surprise. It had nonetheless previously been pointed out that there would be an announcement made in 2014, possibly in March together with the election of the next UAR President.
In his three matches in charge thus far Hourcade has a record of one win from three matches and he fielded twenty-one players in the starting lineups including Gabriel Ascárate, Benjamín Macome and 19 year old Santiago Cordero. He also gave Joaquín Tuculet test starts in two of the three tests at fullback after Santiago Phelan had never started him for a full strength Pumas team. Also of note is the selection of Horacio Agulla at outside centre.
Hourcade will now have time on his side to prepare a Pumas team to face Ireland and Scotland in June 2014 and then play in the third edition of the Rugby Championship. With Ireland having outplayed the All Blacks and lost in overtime the tour will see a very strong team visiting the south Atlantic and Hourcade will need to assemble a superior group of players than that which faced England and Georgia in June 2013.