Friday, April 25, 2014

Junior World Championship: Pumitas Squad named


Photo ESPN Scrum
The UAR has confirmed the squad of players of Argentina´s under 20 team, Los Pumitas, to play in the 2014 IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand. Included are twelve players who were involved in the 2013 edition of the tournament played in France. There are also places for some players who featured for the Pampas XV in the IRB Pacific Cup in Australia earlier this year.


Los Pumitas have impressed in recent years at the IRB Junior World Championship. The leading rubgy nation from the Americas has reached the Semi Final stage and done so by defeating elite nations including Australia, France and Scotland. In 2013 Los Pumitas also completed a series triumph over the Baby Boks. 

With there being a path to professionalism in place the players are not only playing for the country but for their futures. Argentina´s entrance into Super Rugby in 2016 is to see forty players given central contracts. Players signed are to be a combination of leading players already playing professional rugby abroad and players based in Argentina.

The platform that is the IRB Junior World Championship therefore offers something that players from Pumitas teams of the past have not been offered - an opportunity to play professional rugby in Argentina. For some of the players the chances are very eral indeed. The squad included twelve players back from 2013 and even some players from the IRB Pacific Cup. 

Those involved in the IRB Junior World Championship will not be able to represent Argentina in June. Certain squad members such as Patricio Fernández and Guido Petti Pagadizabal played well in Australia and could arguably make the cut for the Pumas June squad. 

Los Pumitas are to face Australia, England and Italy in pool play. Last year Argentina finished sixth in the world.

Los Pumitas
Hooker
Ignacio David Calles (Liceo Naval - URBA)
Juan Ignacio Sánchez (Córdoba Athletic - Cordobesa)

Prop
Felipe Arregui (Duendes R.C. - Rosario)
Ariel Del Cerro (La Plata R.C. - URBA)
Facundo Gigena (Tala R.C. - Cordobesa)
Enrique Pieretto (Córdoba Athletic - Cordobesa)
Tomás Ramírez (Jockey Club - Cordobesa)

Second-row
Ignacio Calas (La Tablada - Cordobesa)
Ignacio Larrague (CASI - URBA)
Guido Petti Pagadizabal (SIC - URBA)
Vittorio Rosti (Duendes R.C. - Rosario)

Back-row 
Lautaro Bávaro (Hindú Club - URBA)
José Deheza (Jockey Club - Cordobesa)
Tomás Lezana (Santiago Lawn Tennis - Santiagueña)
Santiago Montagner (Asociación Alumni - URBA)
Santiago Portillo (Los Tarcos - Tucumán)

Scrumhalf
Lautaro Basan Vélez (Córdoba Athletic - Cordobesa)
Juan Bernardini (Urú Curé - Cordobesa)

Fly half
Patricio Fernández (Jockey Club - Rosario)
Domingo Miotti (Tucumán Lawn Tennis - Tucumán)
Joaquín Riera (Los Tarcos - Tucumán)

Centre
Santiago Álvarez (CASI - URBA)
Emiliano Boffelli (Duendes R.C. - Rosario)
Bautista Ezcurra (Hindú Club - URBA)

Wing
Germán Schulz (Tala R.C. - Cordobesa)
Rodrigo Etchart (SIC - URBA)
Federico Giménez (Liceo R.C. - Cuyo)

Fullback
Ignacio Albornoz (Tucumán R.C - Tucumán)

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