Saturday, December 20, 2014

International Rugby: Argentina's 2015 High Performance Players

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The UAR confirmed a sixty-four man list of home based players to prepare for activities in 2015. Those named are the High Performance, or PladAR, squad members of whom Argentina's team in the Pacific Cup as well as Los Jaguares will be formed. Those named are all in contention for places in Rugby World Cup 2015 as well as a Super Rugby contract for the Argentine team which will debut in the 2016 competition. A number of players involved has experience abroad already and some have opted to stay in Argentina rather than take up an offer. 


The squad features some notable changes to that of 2014. Firstly the number of players has decreased from 72 to 64 and there are many personal changes with a total of 41 players retained from 2014. The returning players who were regulars under Daniel Hourcade in 2014 are Rodrigo Báez, Tomás Cubelli and Martín Landajo. 

Other senior players retained include Matías Alemanno, Gabriel Ascárate, Tomás Baravalle, Juan Cappiello, Jerónimo De la Fuente, Lucas Maguire, Manuel Montero, Lucas Noguera Paz, Javier Ortega Desio, Bruno Postiglioni and Roberto Tejerizo. The inclusion of Postiglioni comes following a scare in October which threatened to end his playing career. 

Some new names of note are Matías Díaz and Pablo Matera. Díaz is currently in England playing for Bristol as a medical joker while Matera was forced out of returning to Leicester this season due to a serious shoulder injury. Similarly both Tomás Lezana and Guido Petti have been named for the first time. Both were previously in the under 20 list but never the seniors. 

Missing from the list are 22 players of which Tomás De la Vega has ended his career and Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga and Juan Pablo Estelles are no longer in the frame. Others to have missed out  that have been involved with Los Pumas in recent years include Faundo Barrea, Rodrigo Bruno, Antonio Ahualli de Chazal and Benjamin Madero. 

In addition there are nine others missing due to them having moved to play professional rugby abroad this season. These players are Rodolfo Ambrosio, Matías Cortese, Patricio Fernández, Santiago Garcia Botta, Ramiro Herrera, Tomás Lavanini, Nahuel Lobo, Benjamín Macome and Igacio Sáenz Lancuba.

Player
Position
Club
Union
Tomás Baravalle
Hooker
Jockey
Rosario
Facundo Bosch
Hooker
CUBA
URBA
Ezequiel Céspedes
Hooker
Duendes
Rosario
Santiago González Valdez
Hooker
Universitario
Tucumán
Gonzalo Manso
Hooker
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Julián Montoya
Hooker
Newman
URBA
Felipe Arregui
Prop
Duendes
Rosario
Matías Díaz
Prop
Bristol
England
Facundo Gigena
Prop
Tala
Córdoba
Lucas Martínez
Prop
Lomas
URBA
Nicolás Mirande
Prop
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Lucas Noguera Paz
Prop
Lince
Tucumán
Bruno Postiglioni
Prop
La Plata
URBA
Guido Randizzi
Prop
Duendes
Rosario
Roberto Tejerizo
Prop
Lawn Tennis
Tucumán
Gerónimo Albertario
Second-row
Pucurá
URBA
Matías Alemanno
Second-row
La Tablada
Córdoba
Franco Baldoni
Second-row
C&RC
URBA
Nicolás Juarez Bosch
Second-row
Regatas
URBA
Guido Petti
Second-row
SIC
URBA
Lucas Ponce
Second-row
CUBA
URBA
Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal
Back-row
Universitario
Tucumán
Rodrigo Báez
Back-row
Liceo
Cuyo
Lautaro Casado
Back-row
Urú Cúre
Córdoba
Ignacio Fantín
Back-row
Duendes
Rosario
Juan Guirenau
Back-row
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Facundo Isa
Back-row
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
Tomás Lezana
Back-row
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
Lucas Maguire
Back-row
CUBA
URBA
Pablo Matera
Back-row
Unattached

Javier Ortega Desio
Back-row
SIC
URBA
Gaspar Oberti
Back-row
Urú Cúre
Córdoba
Aníbal Panceyra Garrido
Back-row
Tala
Córdoba
Gonzalo Bertrano
Scrumhalf
Los Tordos
Cuyo
Marcos Bollini
Scrumhalf
Newman
URBA
Tomás Cubelli
Scrumhalf
Belgrano
URBA
Felipe Ezcurra
Scrumhalf
Hindú
URBA
Martín Landajo
Scrumhalf
CASI
URBA
Santiago González Iglesias
Fly half
Alumni
URBA
Cristian Nacassian
Fly half
Tala
Córdoba
Juan León Novillo
Fly half
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Brian Ormson
Fly half
Pucurá
URBA
Sebastian Poet
Fly half
At. De Rosario
URBA
Gabriel Ascárate
Centre
Natacion y Gim.
Tucumán
Juan Ignacio Brex
Centre
San Cirano
URBA
Juan Capiello
Centre
Pucurá
URBA
Jerónimo De La Fuente
Centre
Duendes
Rosario
Bautista Ezcurra
Centre
Hindú
URBA
Matías Moroni
Centre
CUBA
URBA
Matías Orlando
Centre
Huirapuca
Tucumán
Joaquin Paz
Centre
Córdoba Athletic
Córdoba
Javier Rojas
Centre
Universitario
Tucumán
Tomás Carrió
Wing
Duendes
Rosario
Franco Cuaranta
Wing
Tala
Córdoba
Dan Isaack
Wing
Jockey
Rosario
Augusto López
Wing
Tucumán RC
Tucumán
Manuel Montero
Wing
Pucurá
URBA
Facundo Panceyra Garrido
Wing
Tala
Córdoba
Emiliano Boffelli
Fullback
Duendes
Rosario
Santiago Cordero
Fullback
Regatas
URBA
Pedro Lértora
Fullback
Los Tordos
Cuyo
Román Miralles
Fullback
Duendes
Rosario
Ramiro Moyano
Fullback
Lince
Tucumán
Santiago Viaña
Fullback
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña

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