Friday, May 23, 2014

International Rugby: Gonzalo Camacho to miss Rugby Championship

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The troublesome shoulder injury which Puma Gonzalo Camacho suffered in the 2013 Rugby Championship was so serious that he missed the entire 2013-2014 season with the Leiecester Tigers. Having undergone two reconstruction operations the international winger is now set to have a third which means he will not return to playing until October at the earliest. Camacho will play no part in the 2013 Rugby Championship.

Leicester Tigers director of rugby, Richard Cockerill confirmed the severity of the situation. The former England international hooker told the Leicester Mercury that ''Camacho's surgery has failed for a second time so he will need to have surgery again. That will put him out of the Rugby Championship for his country and probably put him out of action until October or November next season too.''

The explosion which Camacho brings to Argentina both in attack and defence has seen him earn a reputation as being amongst the best Argentine backs currently playing rugby. The 29 year old first broke into the senior Pumas squad in 2009 and, whenever fit and available, has been a permanent feature in the team. 

Having held down the 14 shirt in the first two editions of the Rugby Championship Camacho will now require replacing. Curiously of all his test match appearances all but one have been in the starting lineup. Having impressed against Wales in the November 2012 victory in Cardiff Camacho was rested for the following match in Lille against France. Horacio Agulla started in place of Camacho but was forced off after being knocked-out in a frightening head clash with Maxime Mermoz. 

Agulla had featured off the bench against Wales and did so as a replacement mid-fielder. Felipe Contepomi had been injutred in the first half and Juan Martín Hernández in the second. Adjustments saw Joaquín Tuculet playing fullback and Agulla centre. Both players started in the most recent test match featuring the senior squad - Italy v Argentina from last November. 

While both had appeared from the bench to play in the win against Wales the same two players started in the identical positions in Rome. Camacho's shoulder injury kept him out of the tour which saw Agulla a playing right wing against England and Wales and Lucas González Amorosino starting in the position against Italy. Juan Imhoff and Santiago Cordero both started the same tests on the left wing. 

Camacho's non-availability for international duty in June will see changes from November. Imhoff and Agulla will not be considered due to both being based abroad and thus being set to instead play in the Rugby Championship. González Amorosino and Tuculet are both back from France and off contract making them free to start against Ireland and Scotland. They are to face Chile on Saturday while Santiago Cordero and Ramiro Moyano are the other outside backs selected with Manuel Montero rested but certain to face Ireland. 

The loss of Camacho comes just two days after the playing future of tighthead prop Maximilano Bustos was severely questioned. The Montpellier front-rower has been diagnosed with cervical disc herniation

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