Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Aviva Premiership: Leicester free-up Gonzalo Camacho for Coventry

Photo La Nacion
Argentine international winger Gonzalo Camacho is set to make his long-awaited comback to the rugby field. Having been out of action since September 2013 the hard-working agressive outside back is set to play his rugby for Coventry FC in England's third division. His contracted club the Leicester Tigers have freed up the transfer in an effort to speed-up his recovery and for the player to get much needed game time ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015. Aged 30 Camacho is chasing a place in a World Cup for a second time. To date Camacho has earned 23 caps for a return of 6 tries since making his international debut against England in 2009. 

In a race against time Argentina's first choice right winger prior to injury, Gonzalo Camacho, is to play for the lowly Coventry FC in England's third division. Since September 07 2013 the Buenos Aires winger has been sidelined and has suffered immensely after having to undergo multiple shoulder reconstruction surgeries. His comeback, though, is into the final stages and he now has the opportunity to make a return in time for the World Cup. 

Camacho joined the the Leicester Tigers from the Exeter Chiefs ahead of the 2013-2014 season but is yet to play for the East Midlands club. The club is now chasing a place in the Semi Finals of the ongoing Aviva Premiership season and Camacho could yet be fit to contribute. In order to encourage the possibility the winger is to be loaned to a lower division side. 

In his place the Leicester Tigers signed American Blain Scully on a short-tern deal which turned into a long term arrangement. Argentina adapted by Hourcade experimenting with younger wingers who were rarely used or not used at all by Phelan. In 2014 Manuel Montero and Juan Imhoff became the starting combination of choice with Camacho's former wing partner, Horacio Agulla used in the mid-field.

Camacho now faces a stiff test as he must impress Camacho and also see off the challenges not only of Montero, Imhoff and Agulla but also Lucas González Amorosino who is getting regular game time with the Cardiff Blues. Also in the frame are Santiago Cordero and Ramiro Moyano of the Pampas XV. Of these players three or four are likely to feature as Argentina's wingers in the World Cup with one possibly also covering fullback together with Joaquín Tuculet. 

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