Friday, February 28, 2014

Pampas XV named to face ACT Brumbies A

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Los Pampas XV coaches Raúl Pérez and Martín Gaitán have named their starting lineup to face the ACT Brumbies A side in the Pacific Cup on Sunday. It is to be the first time that an Argentina team has played a match in the competition with Argentina previously playing in the Vodacom Cup in South Africa. With Argentina set to join Super Rugby in 2016 the Pacific Cup is to serve as a bridge between domestic Argentine rugby and the SANZAR competition. 

The match will be played on Sunday with a 2am kick-off Argentine time. It is to be played in the Australian capital of Canberra at the Royal Military College. The South Americans prepared by playing two warm-up fixtures against Australian sides. Just two days after arriving in the country Los Pampas XV faced Super Rugby side the Western Force in Perth before playing Gen Blue, the under 20 Waratahs in Sydney the following weekend.

Involved in the Pacific Cup fixture will be a number of Pumas players with their being a combination of youth and experience. The team will be captained by Martín Landajo who, at scrumhalf, will form a combination with the exciting 19 year old fly half Patricio Fernández. Javier Rojas is back from injury to form a mid-field combination with Argentine Sevens player Matías Moroni while the back-three is to include three players who are all in with realistic chances of being Super Rugby players. Santiago Cordero will start at fullback while Matías Orlando and Manuel Montero being the starting wingers. 

Cordero was one of the star players of the last two editions of the IRB Junior World Championship. He was joined by a number of players at the tournament who are involved in the Pampas XV side this weekend. Fernández, for instance, was the fly half while Facundo Isa and Tomás Lavanini were both starting forwards. Isa will join Tomás de La Vega and Rodrigo Báez in a promising back-row trio while Lavanini is to partner another player of notable potential, Matiás Alemanno. 

Pampas XV
1 Lucas Noguera Paz
2 Matías Cortese
3 Bruno Postiglioni
4 Matías Alemanno
5 Tomás Lavanini
6 Tomás de La Vega
7 Rodrigo Báez
8 Facundo Isa
9 Martín Landajo (Captain)
10 Patricio Fernández
11 Manuel Montero
12 Javier Rojas
13 Matías Moroni
14 Matías Orlando
15 Santiago Cordero

Reserves: 16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez, 17 Julián Montoya, 18 Tomás Ramírez, 19 Guido Petti Pagadizabal, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Román Miralles, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Ramiro Moyano

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