Friday, May 16, 2014

CONSUR: Argentina team named to face Uruguay

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Lucas Ponce to debut 
The Pumas lineup for the first test match of the year has been named. Argentina is to play Uruguay on Saturday in the north western city of Paysandú in a new fixture of the South American Championship, the CONSUR Cup. Players based abroad have not been considered for the fixture and, as such, an entirely Argentine-based lineup will face Los Teros in the official test match. 

The side coached by Daniel Hourcade features many in contention for a place in the team to take-on both Ireland and Scotland as well as some who will be selected for the Rugby Championship. It is, nonetheless, far from being a genuine Argentine test side. Indeed no players based abroad will feature in the match. 

Starting at inside centre is Gabriel Ascárate who returned to Tucumán from Glasgow earlier this season. Also back from the U.K is Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro who has been named as a reserve front-rower. Starting in the front-row will be Lucas  Noguera Paz, Matías Cortese and Bruno Postiglioni, all of whom were important members of the Pampas XV in the IRB Pacific Cup.

The Australian based tournament unearthed provided may players with rare opportunities to shine and both Matías Alemanno and Lucas Ponce impressed. They are to start together in the second-row with last year's Rugby Championship reserve, Tomás Lavanini, providing cover on the bench. Javier Ortega Desio and Antonio Ahualli de Chazal join Rodrigo Báez in the back-row. All three have demonstrated their potential preiously and are playing for the right to face Ireland.

Last year's reserve scrum-half for the majority of the international season, Tomás Cubelli will start the test with Martín Landajo missing out. Covering Cubelli will be Felipe Ezcurra who has attracted attention following his performances for Los Pumitas. 

Santiago González Iglesias has been named at fly half and will have no specialist providing cover for him on the bench. Ascárate will join Jerónimo De la Fuente in the mid-field while the back-three sees Santiago Cordero starting at the back and Tomás Carrió and Matías Orlando playing on the wings. Manuel Montero's involvement is therefore to be from the bench. 

Lucas Noguera Paz
Lince RC, Tucumán
Matías Cortese
Liceo, Cuyo
Bruno Postiglioni
La Plata RC, Buenos Aires
Lucas Ponce
CUBA, Buenos Aires
Matías Alemanno
La Tablada, Córdoba
Javier Ortega Desio
SIC, Buenos Aires
Rodrigo Báez
Liceo, Cuyo
Antonio Ahualli de Chazal
SIC, Buenos Aires
Tomás Cubelli
Belgrano, Buenos Aires
Santiago González Iglesias 
Alumni, Buenos Aires
Tomás Carrió
Duendes, Rosario
Gabriel Ascárate
Natacion, Tucumán
Jerónimo De la Fuente
Duendes, Rosario
Matías Orlando
Huirapuca, Tucumán
Santiago Cordero
Regatas, Buenos Aires


Santiago Iglesias Valdez

Universitario, Tucumán
Julián Montoya
Newman, Buenos Aires
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
La Plata RC, Buenos Aires
Tomás Lavanini
Hindú, Buenos Aires
Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal
Universitario, Tucumán
Felipe Ezcurra
Hindú, Buenos Aires
Manuel Montero
Pucurá, Buenos Aires
Ramiro Montoya
Lince, Tucumán

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