Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CONSUR Cup: Argentine squad named to face Chile


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Sánchez set to face Chile
Argentine rugby head coach Daniel Hourcade has confirmed a twenty-three man squad for this Saturday's test match against Chile in Santiago.  Los Condores will take on Los Pumas in the final fixture of the A division of CONSUR rugby in 2014. A win for Argentina would see Los Pumas lift the CONSUR Cup and do so undefeated after having beaten Uruguay this past Saturday in Montevideo. The squad features six changes from that which faced Los Teros.

Daniel Hourcade has opted for changes to his squad for what is to be the second and final international before facing Ireland in Resistencia on June 7. Included are six different players, five of whom were a part of Hourcade's first ever Pumas squad which toured England, Wales and Italy last November. 

The starting 9-10 combination from the majority of 2013 is set to face Chile as both Martín Landajo and Nicolás Sánchez have been recalled by Hourcade. The pair could have faced Uruguay but were rested with Tomás Cubelli and Santiago González Iglesias instead starting. Hourcade will therefore have an opportunity to see the likely combination to face Ireland play together in a test match this weekend. 

Sánchez is one of five players in the squad who played professional rugby in Europe this season. Returning from the test in Montevideo are Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro who played in the RaboDirect Pro 12 for Welsh region the Newport Gwent Dragons and Gabriel Ascárate who played in the same competition for the Glasgow Warriors. Both Lucas González Amorosino and Joaquín Tuculet are set to play their first tests of the year. They were both based in France this season but are now free agents able to represent Argentina in both June and the Rugby Championship.

Also included in the squad is centre Javier Rojas who Hourcade had on his bench against Italy last November. Rojas appears set to start together with Ascárate in mid-field against Chile though Hourcade may opt to play Tuculet at outside centre, the position he played against France in the home win in 2012. 

The final alteration to the squad sees CUBA back-rower Lucas Maguire named in a test squad for the first time. Maguire's selection comes on the back of CUBA winning the Nacional de Clubes in 2014 and the URBA Top 14 in 2013. He is one of four back-rowers named in the squad to fly to Santiago. 

Player
Club
Union
Position
Antonio Ahualli de Chazal
SIC
Buenos Aires
Back-row
Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal
Universitario
Tucumán
Back-row
Matías Alemanno
La Tablada
Córdoba
Second-row
Gabriel Ascárate
Natación
Tucumán
Centre
Santiago Cordero
Regatas
Buenos Aires
Fullback
Matías Cortese
Licio
Cuyo
Hooker
Jerónimo De la Fuente
Duendes
Rosario
Centre
Felipe Ezcurra
Hindú
Buenos Aires
Scrum-half
Lucas González Amorosino
Oyonnax
France
Fullback / Wing
Santiago Iglesias Valdez
Universitario
Tucumán
Hooker
Martín Landajo
CASI
Buenos Aires
Scrum-half
Tomás Lavanini
Hindú
Buenos Aires
Second-row
Lucas Maguire
CUBA
Buenos Aires
Back-row
Julián Montoya
Newman
Buenos Aires
Hooker
Ramiro Moyano
Lince
Tucumán
Fullback / Wing
Lucas Noguera Paz
Lince
Tucumán
Prop
Javier Ortega Desio
Estudiantes
Entre Rios
Back-row
Lucas Ponce
CUBA
Buenos Aires
Second-row
Bruno Postiglioni
La Plata
Buenos Aires
Prop
Javier Rojas
Univertsitario
Tucumán
Centre
Nicolás Sánchez
Bordeaux
France
Fly half
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
La Plata
Buenos Aires
Prop
Joaquín Tuculet
Bordeaux
France
Fullback

2 comments:

  1. What happened to Tomas de La Vega. He was being talked up as the man a couple of years ago and did play in the pacific cup. Also, why has Facundo Isa been excluded. He is small, but he looked the best No 8 for the pampas xv in Australia.
    I only know Maguire from sevens!

    Mark, the man in Japan.

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    1. Isa and De la Vega are injured

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