Monday, May 26, 2014

International Rugby: Argentine squad to face Ireland and Scotland

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Los Pumas Headcoach Daniel Hourcade has named a squad of thirty-one players for the upcoming four match home series. Argentine is to play host to a South American XV in a non-capped international before hosting two test matches against Ireland and one against Scotland. Selected are players based both and home and abroad though the majority are members of the PladAR system who featured in the IRB Pacific Cup in Australia earlier this year. All but seven of the squad members faced Chile, Uruguay, or both in this month's CONSUR CUP.

Coming off away test victories against Uruguay and Chile Daniel Hourcade has a group of players who have experienced important time together. The philosophy that time is needed to produce results is one which Hourcade believes in and the Tucumán coach is sticking to his promise that he will not be selecting a player just because he carries a strong reputation. 

Hourcade's thirteen European based players announced for the Rugby Championship on Saturday were players who have demonstrated impressive performances recently and players that were not directly involved in the toppling of previous Pumas coach, Santiago Phelan. Although Hourcade is on record as declaring that the door remains open the non-selection of certain players is undeniably due to a perceived need of preventing a clash of egos. 

Others not announced for the Rugby Championship have been overlooked. Names including Patricio Albacete, Marcos Ayerza, Santiago Fernández, Eusebio Guiñazú, Tomás Leonardí, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi and Gonzalo Tiesi have been excluded from both competitions. Some are, as Hourcade indicates, likely to be called up for the Rugby Championship. 

Hourcade's squad will come together on Thursday in Santa Fé and therefore have more time together than Ireland's squad which is to fly to Buenos Aires on Sunday, the day after the Rabo Direct Pro 12 Final in Dublin. Argentina will not have any players involved but others will be in the Aviva Premiership and Top 14 Finals. 

Each of the test matches is to see a squad of twenty-five players selected. The team to face the South American Invitational XV is to be named shortly. Expected to be included are Tomás De La Vega, Facundo Isa and Matías Moroni who missed out on facing Uruguay and Chile through injury. Others returning for June are Super Rugby players Manuel Carizza and Matías Díaz in addition to Stade Français medical joker Benjamín Macome. 

Argentina is to play four matches in four different cities over the next four weekends. The first is to be at Club CRAI in Santa Fé with Los Pumas facing a South American invitational XV. Argentina will then host Ireland at the Estadio Centenario in Resistencia on Saturday June 7 and at the Estadio José Fierro in Tucumán on Saturday June 14. After having played in the USA and Canada on the same dates Scotland is to then play a test at the Estadio Mario A. Kempes in Córdoba on Friday June 20. 

Argentina's match against Scotland has been moved from Saturday to Friday due to the FIFA World Cup. Argentina is to face Iran in a pool match at the Estadio Minerão in Belo Horizonte on Saturday June 21. Ireland has never played a test match in Resistencia or Tucumán while Córdoba will host Scoland for the first time. Scotland last played in Argentina in 2010 facing Los Pumas in Tucumán and Mar del Plata. Ireland's previous visit was in 2007 with test matches being played in Santa Fé and Buenos Aires.  


Player
Club
Union
Position
Lucas González Amorosino
Oyonnax
France
Fullback / Wing
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
Rodrigo Báez
Licio
Cuyo
Back-row
Manuel Carizza
Stormers
South Africa
Second-row
Santiago Cordero
Regatas
Buenos Aires
Fullback
Matías Cortese
Licio
Cuyo
Hooker
Tomás Cubelli
Belgrano
Buenos Aires
Scrum-half
Jerónimo De la Fuente
Duendes
Rosario
Centre
Tomás De La Vega
CUBA
Buenos Aires
Back-row
Matías Díaz
Highlanders
New Zealand
Tighthead Prop
Felipe Ezcurra
Hindú
Buenos Aires
Scrum-half
Ramiro Herrera
Castres
France
Tighthead Prop
Santiago González Iglesias
Alumni
Buenos Aires
Fly half
Martín Landajo
CASI
Buenos Aires
Scrum-half
Tomás Lavanini
Hindú
Buenos Aires
Second-row
Benjamín Macome
Stade Français
France
Back-row
Manuel Montero
Pucurá
Buenos Aires
Wing
Julián Montoya
Newman
Buenos Aires
Hooker
Matías Moroni
CUBA
Buenos Aires
Centre
Ramiro Moyano
Lince
Tucumán
Fullback / Wing
Matías Orlando
Huirapuca
Tucumán
Centre / 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
Santiago Iglesias Valdez
Universiario
Tucumán
Hooker

Argentina v Sudamérica XV
Date: Saturday May 31
Kick Off: 4:40pm
Venue: CRAI, Santa Fé

Argentina v Irlanda
Date: Saturday June 7
Kick Off: 3:40pm 
Venue: Centenario, Resistencia, Chaco

Argentina v Irlanda
Date: Saturday June 14 
Kick Off: 3:40pm 
Venue: José Fierro, Tucumán

Los Pumas v Scotland 
Date: Friday June 20
Kick Off: 4:10pm 
Venue: Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba

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