Monday, November 11, 2013

Hourcade set to make changes to Argentina team to face Wales

Photo ESPN Scrum: Santiago Cordero is on the verge of starting against Wales
Preparation is underway for Argentina´s second test match of the November Internationals with the number one ranked South American side set to face the European champions, Wales on Saturday at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff. 

Los Pumas new coach, Daniel Hourcade showed some cards today in training as four players who did not start against England at Twickenham on Saturday appear set to face Wales. With Mariano Galarza not involved in the squad this week the starting second-row is set to see Manuel Carizza join Patricio Albacete in a reunited combination that played for the greater part of the 2010-2012 period. The formation in the forwards in today´s training was otherwise unchanged with Marcos Ayerza joining Eusebio Guiñazú and Maximilano Bustos in the front-row and Juan Manuel Leguizamón forming the back-row trio with Julio Farías Cabello and Pablo Matera. 

The backs, by way of comparison, look set to have three different starting players including two in the back-three. the fullback position is set to see Lucas González Amorosino replaced by Joaquín Tuculet who has only otherwise started at fullback for Argentina in a June test match against Italy in 2012. Joining Tuculet in the back-three in training today were Horacio Agulla who will earn his fiftieth cap against Wales and Santiago Cordero who debuted at Twickenham as a replacement for Juan Imhoff who left the match injured in the first half. 

The centres that started against England were retained in training with Santiago Fernández joining forces with Marcelo Bosch. They played outside Nicolás Sánchez at flyhalf while Martín Lanadjo replaced Tomás Cubelli at scrum-half. Cubelli was used as the reserve scrum-half in training while Javier Rojas, Gabriel Ascárate and González Amorosino offered cover as other supporting backs. Juan Imhoff did not train and instead was treated but could yet make he starting line-up. 

The replacement forwards featured changes with Tomás Lavanini being the reserve second-rower and his Argentine under 20 teammate from this year´s IRB Junior World Championship, Matías Díaz was the reserve tighthead in place of Juan Pablo Orlandi who did not have his best match on Saturday as a second half replacement. Nahuel Lobo and Santiago Iglesias Valdez continued as the reserve loosehead and hooker respectively while Leonardo Senatore replaced Benjamín Macome as the replacement back-rower.

Argentina Formation in Training
1 Marcos Ayerza, 2 Eusebio Guiñazú, 3 Maximilano Bustos
(Leicester, England), (Bath, England), (Montpellier, France)
4 Manuel Carizza, 5 Patricio Albacete
(Stormers, South Africa), (Toulouse, France)
6 Pablo Matera, 8 Juan Leguizamón, 7 Julio Farías 
(Leicester, England), (Lyon, France), (Tucumán RC)

9 Martín Landajo, 10 Nicolás Sánchez
(C.A.S.I), (Bordeaux-Begles, France)
12 Santiago Fernández, 13 Marcelo Bosch
(Bayonne, France), (Saracens, England)
11 Santiago Cordero, 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla
(Regatas), (Bordeaux-Begles, France), (Bath, England)

16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez (Uni. Tucumán)

17 Nahuel Lobo (Unattached)
18 Matías Díaz (Highlanders, New Zealand)
19 Tomás Lavanini (Racing Métro, France)
20 Leonardo Senatore (Worcester, England)
21 Tomás Cubelli (Belgrano)
22 G Ascárate (Glasgow, Scotland) / J Rojas (Uni. Tucumán)
23 Lucas González Amorosino (Oyonnax, France)

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