Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Pampas Squad confirmed for Pacific Cup

Cordero will play in the Pacific Cup

The UAR has confirmed a thirty man squad to play as Los Pampas XV in the Pacific Cup in Australia from Feburary 13-23. Included are established players whom have been involved in the Rugby Championship. Also included are young players which realistic chances of being selected for Rugby World Cup 2015. 

The squad coached by Martín Gaitán and Raúl Pérez will continue preperation in Buenos Aires this coming weekend before leaving for the Western Australian capital, Perth on Monday. Prepareation will continue until the Argentine side begins its camapaign on March 2 against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra. The involvement of the Argentine team marks a significant change after the tournament has previously not involved teams from outside of the region. Los Pampas XV join having previously played in South Africa´s Vodacom Cup.

Included in the squad are a number of current Pumas as well as players to have played professional rugby. The likes of Matías Cortese, Facundo Isa and Tomás Lavanini have been involved in professional rugby abroad. Also included are young players with a chance of appearing at Rugby World Cup 2015 and being a part of the Argentine Super Rugby franchise which will be confirmed on Feburary 20 as a reality. Such examples include Matías Alemanno, Santiago Cordero, Tomás Cubelli, Tomás de La Vega, Jerónimo de la Fuente, Patricio Fernández, Martín Landajo, Manuel Montero, Matías Orlando and Javier Rojas. 

Pacific Cup Squad
1 Antonio Ahualli de Chazal, SIC, URBA, Back-row
2 Matías Alemanno, La Tablada, Cordobesa, Second-row
3 Rodrigo Báez, Liceo RC, Cuyo, Back-row
4 Rodrigo Bruno, Jockey Villa María, Cordobesa, Back-row
5 Tomás Carrió, Duendes RC, Rosario, Wing
6 Santiago Cordero, Regatas Bella Vista, URBA, Fullback
7 Matías Cortese, Liceo RC, Cuyo, Hooker
8- Tomás Cubelli, Belgrano Athletic, URBA, Scrumhalf
9- Jerónimo de la Fuente, Duendes RC, Rosario, Centre
10- Tomás De la Vega, CUBA, URBA, Back-row
11- Patricio Fernández, Jockey Club, Rosario, Fly half
12- Santiago González Iglesias, Asociación Alumni, URBA, Fly half
13- Ramiro Herrera, Hindú, URBA, Prop
14- Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Universitario, Tucumán, Hooker
15- Facundo Isa, Toulon, France, Back-row
16- Martín Landajo, CASI, URBA, Scrumhalf
17- Tomás Lavanini, Hindú, URBA, Second-row
18- Román Miralles, Duendes RC, Rosario, Fullback
19- Manuel Montero, Pucará, URBA, Wing
20- Julián Montoya, Newman, URBA, Hooker
21- Matías Moroni, CUBA, URBA, Centre
22- Ramiro Moyano, Lince RC, Tucumán, Fullback
23- Lucas Noguera Paz, Lince RC, Tucumán, Prop
24- Matías Orlando, Huirapuca, Tucumán, Centre
25- Javier Ortega Desio, SIC, URBA, Back-row
26- Guido Petti Pagadizabal, SIC, URBA, Second-row
27- Bruno Postiglioni, La Plata RC, URBA, Prop
28- Lucas Ponce, CUBA, URBA, Second-row
29- Tomás Ramírez, Jockey Club, Cordobesa, Prop
30- Javier Rojas, Universitario, Tucumán, Centre

Congratulations to the thirty players and Mucha Suerte!


  1. Yes, this team has a more experienced look about it that previous ones with a good number of cappped players instead of just one or two. Farias Cabello is of course gone but otherwise not bad. Hey, I thought Lavanini was going to sign on for the NZ Super team the Chiefs. Any reason why that never eventuated? Also I thought he'd picked up a contract in Europe for this season so wouldn't be available for the Pampas. Maybe I'm thinking of Carizza?

    1. It was close to coming together at the Chiefs for Lavanini but failed. He is instead now contracted to Racing Métro and will play for the club next season.

      Carizza will be playing for the Stormers.

  2. I thought he was with Racing. So how come he is in the PC squad? I'm a little confused!

    1. He got clearance to play in the Pacific Cup.

  3. Lavanini was cleared by Racing.
    What about Facundo Isa? Is he done with Toulon (where he must be well down in the pecking order), or is he back in Argentina for good?

    Matias Cortese seemed to sign with Britsih or French clubs, only to get injured. Would be nice to see him and other lowly ranked player, return from Europe to state their case at home in the national club champs starting in April!