Friday, July 11, 2014

Rugby Championship: Nine Players added to Argentine Training Squad

Photo UAR
One day after Daniel Hourcade's thirty-man squad returned home to Argentina from the USA the Headcoach has added nine players to his squad ahead of the Rugby Championship. Those called up are to be involved in training will join the thirty players who trained in Pensacola between Monday and Wednesday of the coming three weeks. They are to be released for the remainder of training days so that they can play for their respective clubs. All nine of the players are PladAR and therefore no further call ups have been made for European based players.    

Despite nine players being added to the squad the South Americans are still not at full strength. Missing are first choice players Patricio Albacete and Marcos Ayerza in addition to other mainstays under Santiago Phelan including Santiago Fernández, Eusebio Guiñazú and Gonzalo Tiesi. The non-selection of these five has been said to be linked to Albacetegate which saw Phelan step down last October.

The non-selection of others such as Agustín Figuerola, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Socino and Benjamín Urdapilleta has also been a matter of debate. None are injured and have been playing to a level which some have suggested should see them in the squad. Those missing due to injury are Maximilano Bustos, Gonzalo Camacho and Juan Figallo. 

Hourcade remains firm that in order for Los Pumas to be competitive at Rugby World Cup 2015 there is an urgent need to be better prepared and his focus is identifying and preparing the best players. In search of forty or more players for the World Cup Hourcade aims to have a team that can deliver and subsequently have a strong Super Rugby team for the 2016 season. 

Those outside of the squad are not excluded as Hourcade has explained that any player could be called up at any time ahead of, or during, the Rugby Championship. The chances of changes are not strong though given nine players have now been added for training ahead of the tournament. They will bolster the squad in preparation for the friendlies against Grenoble prior to the squad flying to South Africa. 

Those added to the squad represented one of Argentina, Los Pumitas or Los Jaguares last month. Halves Felipe Ezcurra and Patricio Fernández join centres Javier Rojas and Matías Moroni in addition to Ramiro Moyano as the backs. Hooker Santiago Iglesias Valdez and Julían Montoya have both been called up as has second-rower Guido Petti Pagadizabal and injured back-rower Benjamín Macome.

The nine players set to join the squad are therefore selected on standby. Should a player in the thirty-man squad get injured then one of the nine will be called upon to take his place. The only player to stay permanently with the squad is Macome who cannot play due to breaking his arm against Ireland in Resistencia last month. Matías Díaz and Manuel Carizza are expected to join from their Super Rugby teams shortly. 

Player
Position
Club
Union
Matías Cortese
Hooker
Licio RC
Cuyo
Agustín Creevy
Hooker
Worcester
England
Santiago Iglesias Valdez
Hooker
Universitario
Tucumán
Julián Montoya
Hooker
Newman
Buenos Aires
Ramiro Herrera
Prop
Castres
France
Lucas Noguera Paz
Prop
Lince
Tucumán
Bruno Postiglioni
Prop
La Plata
Buenos Aires
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Prop
La Plata
Buenos Aires
Matías Alemanno
Second-row
La Tablada
Córdoba
Mariano Galarza
Second-row
Gloucester
England
Tomás Lavanini
Second-row
Racing Métro
France
Guido Petti Pagadizabal
Second-row
SIC
Buenos Aires
Rodrígo Báez
Back-row
Licio RC
Cuyo
Tomás De La Vega
Back-row
CUBA
Buenos Aires
Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
Back-row
Toulon
France
Juan Manuel Leguizamón
Back-row
Lyon
France
Benjamín Macome
Back-row
Unattached

Pablo Matera
Back-row
Leicester
England
Leonardo Senatore
Back-row
Worcester
England
Javier Ortega Desio
Back-row
Estudiantes
Entrerriana
Tomás Cubelli
Scrum-half
Belgrano
Buenos Aires
Felipe Ezcurra
Scrum-half
Hindú
Buenos Aires
Martín Landajo
Scrumhalf
CASI
Buenos Aires
Patricio Fernández
Fly half
Jockey
Rosario
Santiago González Iglesias
Fly half
Alumni
Buenos Aires
Juan Martín Hernández
Fly half
Racing Métro
France
Nicolás Sánchez
Fly half
Unattached

Marcelo Bosch
Centre
Saracens
England
Jerónimo De La Fuente
Centre
Duendes
Rosario
Matías Moroni
Centre
CUBA
Buenos Aires
Matías Orlando
Centre
Huirapuca
Tucumán
Javier Rojas
Centre
Universitario
Tucumán
Horacio Agulla
Wing
Bath
England
Juan Imhoff
Wing
Racing Métro
France
Manuel Montero
Wing
Pucurá
Buenos Aires
Santiago Cordero
Fullback
Regatas
Buenos Aires
Lucas González Amorosino
Fullback
Unattached

Joaquín Tuculet
Fullback
Unattached

Ramiro Moyano
Fullback
Lince RC
Tucumán

1 comment:

  1. I hope Hourcade knows what he is doing....Playing the Spingboks,Wallabies and All Blacks is no kid's play and i expected him to strengthen the squad with more senior and experienced players....

    Argentina needs to win something to regain credibility as a Tier 1 nation....

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