Thursday, May 29, 2014

International Rugby: Puma to captain Barbarians v England

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Leguizamón in tears after 2007 Semi Final Loss
Having captained Los Pumas in November 2013 in place of regular captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe Lyon back-rower Juan Manuel Leguizamón is now just three days away from captaining the Barbarians at Twickenham in a match against England. The fixture is a pre-tour opportunity for English coach Stuart Lancaster to see how his players go ahead of a demanding three test match tour of New Zealand in June. Leguizamón is to lead a team packed with notable players capped by Australia, France, Georgia, Ireland, New Zealand, Samoa, South Africa and Tonga.


The vastly experienced Barbarians team is to have a combined total of more than 700 test caps. Big name players from the past and present include All Blacks Joe Rokocoko, Rene Ranger and Jimmy Cowan. Australian Brock James is to start at fly half ahead of François Trinh-Duc while Ireland's veteran of 98 test matches, Donnacha O'Callaghan will start in the second-row together with South African Juandre Kruger. 

Leguizamón is also to be joined by three Pumas teammates in the twenty-three man match day squad. Starting for the Barbarians at fullback is to be Juan Martín Hernández while fellow 2013 RRugby Championship squad members Nahuel Lobo and Tomás Cubelli are both to feature for the Barbarians from the bench. 

Georgia's Mamuka Gorgodze is to join French international Alexandre Lapandry and Leguizamón in the back-row. All three play in France as do all starting players except for O'Callaghan. Selection for the side was based largely on European based players who are not involved in the finals of the Aviva Premiership, Rabo Direct Pro 12 and Top 14 which are all to take place this Saturday. England's squad members involved in the final are not to face the Barbarians.

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Player
Club
Capped
15
Juan Martín Hernández
Racing Métro
Argentina
14
Joe Rokocoko
Bayonne
New Zealand
13
Rene Ranger
Montpellier
New Zealand
12
Benson Stanley
Clermont
New Zealand
11
Hosea Gear
Toulouse
New Zealand
10
Brock James
Clermont
Australia
9
Jimmy Cowan
Gloucester
New Zealand
8
Mamuka Gorgodze
Montpellier
Georgia
7
Alexandre Lapandry
Clermont
France
6
Juan Leguizamón
Lyon
Argentina
5
Juandre Kruger
Racing Métro
South Africa
4
Donncha O’Callaghan
Munster
Ireland
3
Davit Kubriashvili
Toulon
Georgia
2
Ti’i Paulo
Clermont
Samoa
1
Arizona Taumalolo
Perpignan
Tonga
16
Andrew Hore
Unattached
New Zealand
17
Julien Brugnaut
Racing Métro
France
18
Nahuel Lobo
Montpellier
Argentina
19
Joe Tekori
Toulouse
Samoa
20
Roger Wilson
Ulster
Ireland
21
Tomás Cubelli
Belgrano
Argentina
22
François Trinh-Duc
Montpellier
France
23
Anthony Tuitavake
Montpellier
New Zealand

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