Thursday, September 18, 2014

Americas Rugby Championship: Los Jaguares Named

Photo Americas Rugby Championship
Argentina's team to compete in the upcoming 2014 Americas Rugby Championship has been announced. Included are a mixture of up-and-coming players and veteran players already a part of Los Pumas but not regulars in the test side. The Argentine team, Los Jaguares, is the official A team of Argentina. It is to come up against comparable sides from Canada, Uruguay and the USA in the tournament set to be played from October 11-19 in Canada. Los Jaguares are yet to be defeated in the competition's history.  


Coached by Bernardo Urdaneta and Pablo Gómez Cora a twenty-six man Los Jaguares squad is set to begin training on Monday October 06, two days after the final round of the Rugby Championship. The squad will train together in Buenos Aires before flying out to Canada to start the tournament against the USA Select XV on Saturday October 11. 

The squad features a total of four players involved in the Rugby Championship, of whom all have been included with an eye to further development as possible Rugby World Cup places are on the line. Of them second-rower Matías Alemanno started against the Wallabies this past weekend while Matías Cortese and Rodrigo Báez were both replacements. Lucas Noguera Paz missed the fixture but had been a replacement in previous matches. 

All four are arguably included in an effort to get more game time ahead of possible selection by Daniel Hourcade for Argentina's November internationals against France, Italy and Scotland. A number of others in the squad are also in the frame for November. Having started a Rugby Championship test in 2013 and played Super Rugby in New Zealand this year Matías Díaz was surprisingly left out of the Rugby Championship squad in 2014. He now appears set to form a strong front-row combination with Cortese and Noguera Paz. 

Alemanno is likely to be joined in the second-row by Juan Cruz Guillemáin, a player with experience in France with Stade Français. Still very young Cruz Guillemáin is a player offering Argentina depth in the position. Guido Petti is, similarly, a prospect of note which means Argentina's three options in the position give have Argentina well placed for the future. It also partly explains the non-selection of Patricio Albacete and Manuel Carizza thus far in the Rugby Championship. 

Two of the players joining Báez in the back-row are similarly considered highly by Hourcade. Facundo Isa and Javier Ortega Desio ae players who could make the step up to become regulars in the test squad. Their participation in the Americas Rugby Championship is therefore a chance for both players to stamp a claim ahead of November and beyond. 

A lot of attention will be placed in the halves with the inclusion of two former Pumitas fly halves of note. World record points scorer Patricio Fernández has been expected to make the step up to international level and could well do so in November. Brian Ormson is, similarly, a former Pumita of note who has been in fine form in the URBA Top 14 this season. 

1
Matías Cortese
Hooker
2
Julián Montoya
Hooker
3
Matías Díaz
Prop
4
Lucas Martínez
Prop
5
Lucas Noguera Paz
Prop
6
Roberto Tejerizo
Prop
7
Matías Alemanno
Second-row
8
Juan Cruz Guillemáin
Second-row
9
Guido Petti
Second-row
10
Rodrigo Báez
Back-row
11
Facundo Isa
Back-row
12
Tomás Lezana
Back-row
13
Javier Ortega Desio
Back-row
14
Francisco Panessi
Back-row
15
Gonzalo Bertranou
Scrum-half
16
Felipe Ezcurra
Scrum-half
17
Patricio Fernández
Fly half
18
Brian Ormson
Fly half
19
Juan Ignacio Brex
Centre
20
Joaquín Paz
Centre
21
Facundo Barrea
Wing
22
Federico Giménez
Wing
23
Dan Issak
Wing
24
Augusto López
Wing
25
Román Miralles
Fullback
26
Joaquín Riera
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1 comment:

  1. Can you add the players' ages or year of birth to squad lists? Thanks!

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