Thursday, June 12, 2014

International Rugby: Argentine team named for second test in Tucumán

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Los Pumas Headcoach Daniel Hourcade has confirmed his starting lineup to face Ireland in his home town of Tucumán on Saturday. The test match is to be the second of two between the countries after Ireland won the opening test in Resistencia but did not demonstrate the same superiority that had been the case in Dublin in November 2012. With a victory in mind Hourcade has opted for two changes to the starting lineup, one of which is strategic and the other forced by injury wth Benjamín Macome facing three months on the sidelines after breaking his left arm.  


In what was to be a home town test match for Macome the Stade Français medical joker will instead be forced to watch from the sidelines. It is now expected that Macome will miss out on a place in the Rugby Championship but it is possible that he could return for the final two matches in which Argentina is to host both New Zealand and Australia. 

Despite the non-availability of Macome there are nonetheless going to be a number of Pumas playing in their home town. Starting together in a 10-12 combination will be Tucumán's Nicolás Sánchez and Gabriel Ascárate. Both players are back in Argentina after having been on contract with elite European clubs.  The promising Lucas Noguera Paz is also from Tucumán as is Macome's replacement, Antonio Ahualli de Chazal who is based in Buenos Aires.

Ahualli de Chazal is to join Rodrigo Báez and Tomás De la Vega in the back-row with the other change from Resistencia seeing Lucas González Amorosino return to the side and do so in place of Santiago Cordero who drops out of the match day 23. Cordero had a quiet match in Resistencia but remains one of Argentina's biggest prospects in a long time. He is likely to be playing against Scotland in Córdoba next Friday. 

González Amorosino had been on the bench in Resistencia and with him starting Hourcade has named Tucumán's Matías Orlando on the bench. Other changes to the bench see Matías Díaz and Santiago Iglesias Valdez selected as replacement front-rowers. Both are very young with Díaz having returned from New Zealand where he was playing Super Rugby for the Highlanders. Iglesias Valdez was a surprize selection in Hourcade's squad last November. He is another from Tucumán.

1
Lucas Noguera Paz
Lince
2
Matías Cortese
Liceo
3
Ramiro Herrera
Castres
4
Manuel Carizza
Stormers
5
Tomás Lavanini
Racing Métro
6
Rodrigo Báez
Liceo
7
Tomás De la Vega
CUBA
8
Antonio Ahualli de Chazal
SIC
9
Martín Landajo
CASI
10
Nicolás Sánchez
Bordeaux
11
Manuel Montero
Pucurá
12
Gabriel Ascárate
Glasgow
13
Jerónimo De la Fuente
Duendes
14
Lucas González Amorosino
Oyonnax
15
Joaquín Tuculet
Bordeaux
16
Santiago Iglesias Valdez
Universitario
17
Bruno Postiglioni
La Plata
18
Matías Díaz
Highlanders
19
Matías Alemanno
La Tablada
20
Javier Ortega Desio
Paraná
21
Tomás Cubelli
Belgrano
22
Santiago González Iglesias
Alumni
23
Matías Orlando
Huirapuca

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