Friday, July 18, 2014

Retro Friday: José Cilley kicks a longe range penalty v Samoa in 1995

Argentina's campaign at Rugby World Cup 1995 did not bring in results but the team played well in all three pool matches against England, Italy and Samoa. The South Americans had chances to win all three tests and, arguably could have done so. Playing at fly half for two of the three matches was José Cilley who handled the goalkicking against Samoa and Italy. In the match against Samoa Cilley landed a long range penalty from inside his own half to give the South Americans the lead and to underline his future credentials. Despite offering promise Cilley was capped just fifteen times by Argentina over an eight year period. He made his debut against South Africa in 1994 and played his final test against Paraguay in 2002. Having been overtaken by Gonzalo Quesada and Felipe Contepomi Cilley's test career was short restricting him to one World Cup. 

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