Thursday, November 6, 2014

International Rugby: Argentine team named to face Scotland

Los Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade has named his team for Saturday's international fixture against Scotland in Edinburgh. There are no surprises in the selection as ten players remain from the starting lineup that defeated Australia in Perth. Of the missing five two are on the bench, one is on club duty in Wales and two are not fit enough to play in the fixture. Missing are a total of thirteen regular players under Hourcade with the top four back-rowers all being sidelined. Selected for the first time is Juan Cruz Guillemaín who is to debut in the second-row. 

Despite keeping faith in the players involved in the Rugby Championship preparation has not gone smoothly for Hourcade. As was the case in the closing match of the tournament Argentina's leading three back-rowers are not to be involved in the match. In total there are twelve players missing due to injury and Hourcade has maintained his position of experimentation which has seen a number of veterans left out of the squad. 

The starting front-row is the same as that from five of the six matches in the Rugby Championship. Marcos Ayerza and Ramiro Herrera will play either side of captain Agustín Creevy who is to have Matías Cortese again covering him as the replacement hooker. Lucas Noguera Paz and Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro are to provide reliable prop options from the bench.

Mariano Galarza will not play on the tour due to injury. Hourcade decided against recalling any of Manuel Carizza, Tomás Vallejos Cinalli or Patricio Albacete to instead maintain his stance on building a team from the bottom up. Uncapped teenager Guido Petti has been in the squad but will not play while Matías Alemanno will miss Scotland but is expected to be fit to face Italy.

The shortage of second-rowers sees Tomás Lavanini being joined by debutant Juan Cruz Guillemaín who is a former Pumita and has experience playing for Stade Français. Aged 22 Cruz Guillemaín has previously been identified as a long term prospect and had been expected to debut in 2013 or 2012. Covering the second-row will be Lucas Ponce who arrived in Scotland during the week due to Alemanno going down with a virus.

There being Leguizamón, Macome, Matera or Fernández Lobbe sees Hourcade again forced to field wider squad members. It sees the trio who played three-quarters of the Mendoza test together set to start at Murrayfield. Los Jaguares captain Rodrigo Báez is to join Leonardo Senatore and Javier Ortega Desio in a back-row offering lineout options, ball-carrying and competitiveness in the breakdown. Facundo Isa will set to come off the bench whenever required to make his test debut.

Martín Landajo sees off Tomás Cubelli's challenge to retain the scrumhalf position. He will join Nicolás Sánchez in the halves. The combination has been the same one in the wins over Wales, Italy and Australia since New Zealand 2011. Cubelli is to be on the bench while Santiago González Iglesias is to cover fly half and inside centre.

The mid-field combination is one which Scotland will need to be careful against. Argentina's leading back throughout the post 2011 era, Marcelo Bosch is to play outside centre and do so in a mid-field combination with Juan Martín Hernández. The veteran of Rugby World Cups 2003 and 2007, Hernández is to earn his 50th cap.

Completing the lineup will be the back-three of Manuel Montero, Juan Imhoff and Joaquín Tuculet. The attacking trio have all scored impressive tries for Los Pumas in 2014 and provided they get adequate ball Saturday's test offers an opportunity for them to shine. Horacio Agulla is to cover the back-three and outside centre from the bench.

The Bath winger gets the nod ahead of Santiago Cordero and Jerónimo De la Fuente. Cordero suffered a knock in training which has seen him not considered for the match. Both he and De la Fuente are likely to feature against Italy and will have the opportunity, in training, to push for a place in the starting lineup. 

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Player
Age
Club
Union
1
Marcos Ayerza
31
Leicester
England
2
Agustín Creevy
29
Worcester
England
3
Ramiro Herrera
25
Castres
France
4
Juan Cruz Guillemaín
22
Stade Français
France
5
Tomás Lavanini
21
Racing Métro
France
6
Rodrigo Báez
25
Liceo Naval
Cuyo
7
Javier Ortega Desio
24
Estudiantes
Entre Rios
8
Leonardo Senatore
30
Worcester
England
9
Martín Landajo
26
CASI
URBA
10
Nicolás Sánchez
26
Toulon
France
11
Manuel Montero
22
Pucurá
URBA
12
Juan Martín Hernández
32
Toulon
France
13
Marcelo Bosch
30
Saracens
England
14
Juan Imhoff
26
Racing Métro
France
15
Joaquín Tuculet
25
Unattached

16
Matías Cortese
29
Liceo Naval
Cuyo
17
Lucas Noguera Paz
21
Lince
Tucumán
18
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
25
Lyon
France
19
Lucas Ponce
24
CUBA
URBA
20
Facundo Isa
21
Santiago L.T
Santiagueña
21
Tomás Cubelli
25
Belgrano
URBA
22
Santiago González Iglesias
26
Alumni
URBA
23
Horacio Agulla
30
Bath
England

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