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Ascárate returns for the Seniors
The UAR has announced a twenty-six man training squad to prepare for upcoming international activities. Argentina is to host three tests in June with Ireland playing in Resistencia and Tucumán and Scotland doing so in Córdoba. Involved in the squad are the leading domestic based players who are under consideration for places in the home test series and potentially also for the Rugby Championship. Firstly, however, Argentina is to face both Chile and Uruguay in the CONSUR Cup. The leading South American rugby nation will play both Tier Three nations away from home next month.
Los Pumas Headcoach talked about the importance of the training camp in saying ”This concentration will serve us very well, because in principle a large part of this squad will be involved in the international squad this June. For the first time, we will go into June with experience, having played together in the Pacific Cup, in Australia and now and now in the preparation for the South American Championship and a friendly fixture. We want to prepare the team in the method manner possible, ahead of the tests against Ireland and Scotland”.
Domestic based players not included in the squad are therefore not going to be involved in the international program this year unless requried as injury reinforcements. As such the exclusion of former Stade Français utility back Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga is of note. Ródríguez Gurruchaga had been Argentina's starting fullback in the 2012 Rugby Championship but was unused in 2013. He has since returned to Argentina and has played for the Argentine Sevens team. Also excluded is Julio Farías Cabello who started for Argentina throughout the 2011-2013 period.
There are nonetheless places for others to have returned to Argentina from abroad. Newport-Gwent Dragons tighthead prop Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro has been named after an unhappy ending to an otherwise positive time in Wales. After a brief stint with Toulon Facundo Isa is also included while most notable of all is the inclusion of Glasgow Warriors centre Gabriel Ascárate who returned to Argentina from Scotland after having suffered a neck injury.
Excluded are some injured players and others involved with Los Pumitas tour of South Africa and squad for the IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.
Lucas Noguera Paz (Lince RC, Tucumán)
Bruno Postiglioni (La Plata RC, URBA)
Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Unattached)
Matías Cortese (Liceo RC, Cuyo)
Santiago Iglesias Valdez (Universitario, Tucumán)
Julián Montoya (Club Newman URBA)
Matías Alemanno (La Tablada, Córdoba)
Tomás Lavanini (Hindú Club, URBA)
Lucas Ponce (CUBA, URBA)
Antonio Ahualli de Chazal (SIC, URBA)
Rodrigo Báez (Liceo RC, Cuyo)
Rodrigo Bruno (Atlético del Rosario, URBA)
Tomás De la Vega (CUBA, URBA)
Facundo Isa (Santiago Lawn Tennis, Santiagueña)
Javier Ortega Desio (Estudiantes de Paraná Entrerriana)
Tomás Cubelli (Belgrano Athletic, URBA)
Felipe Ezcurra (Hindú Club, URBA)
Martín Landajo (CASI, URBA)
Santiago González Iglesias (Asociación Alumni, URBA)
Gabriel Ascárate (Natación y Gimnasia, Tucumán)
Jerónimo De la Fuente (Duendes RC, Rosario)
Matías Moroni (CUBA URBA)
Matías Orlando (Huirapuca, Tucumán)
Tomás Carrió (Duendes RC, Rosario)
Manuel Montero (Pucará, URBA)
Santiago Cordero (Regatas Bella Vista, URBA)