Tuesday, April 21, 2015

International Rugby: Argentine Squad to face USA announced

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Los Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade has announced his first squad for the year 2015. Argentina is to play a two match home series against the USA in Salta with the first test taking place next Tuesday, April 28 and the second on Saturday May 02. Hourcade has selected a group of home based players for the fixture who are possible or probable players for Rugby World Cup selection. The 26 man squad is based on those who were involved with the Pampas XV in Fiji last month and has a high number of players to have already signed contracts with the UAR to play for the Argentine Super Rugby franchise. 


The first match between Argentina and the USA will take place on Tuesday April 28 at the Jockey Club in Salta. The club is the same that produced Puma Juan Figallo. The second test, meanwhile, is to be played at the Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena on Saturday May 02. It is the same venue used by the UAR in 2014 for the home Rugby Championship match against South Africa. 

Hourcade's squad will travel to Salta on Saturday April 25 to prepare with the Captain's Run taking place on Monday. The USA are to arrive in the Northern Argentine city after firstly facing Uruguay. That match will be played on Thursday April 23 in Montevideo. 

Argentina's 26 man squad to take-on the North Americans is comprised of players involved in the Pampas XV's successful World Rugby Pacific Challenge campaign in Fiji. Not to have played in the tournament but involved in Hourcade's squad are Matías Cortese, Gabriel Ascárate, Matiás Orlando and Roberto Tejerizo. Of them Cortese is back in Argentina from Toulon while the others have overcome injuries. 

Player
Position
Club
Union
Matías Cortese
Hooker
Unattached

Santiago Iglesias Valdez
Hooker
Universitario
Tucumán
Julián Montoya
Hooker
Newman
URBA
Matías Díaz
Prop
Unattached

Lucas Noguera Paz
Prop
Lince
Tucumán
Bruno Postigliano
Prop
La Plata
URBA
Roberto Tejerizo
Prop
Lawn Tennis
Tucumán
Matías Alemanno
Second-row
La Tablada
Córdoba
Gerónimo Albertario
Second-row
Pucará
URBA
Guido Petti
Second-row
Hindú
URBA
Lisandro Ahualli de Chazal
Back-row
Universitario
Tucumán
Facundo Isa
Back-row
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
Tomás Lezana
Back-row
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
Pablo Matera
Back-row
Alumni
URBA
Javier Ortega Desio
Back-row
Estudiantes
Entrerriana
Tomás Cubelli
Scrumhalf
Belgrano
URBA
Felipe Escurra
Scrumhalf
Hindú
URBA
Martín Landajo
Scrumhalf
CASI
URBA
Santiago González Iglesias
Fly half
Alumni
URBA
Gabriel Ascárate
Centre
Natación y Gimnasia
Tucumán
Jerónimo De La Fuente
Centre
Duendes
Rosario
Matiás Moroni
Centre
CUBA
URBA
Manuel Montero
Wing
Pucará
URBA
Matías Orlando
Wing
Huirapuca
Tucumán
Santiago Cordero
Fullback
Regatas
URBA
Ramiro Moyano
Fullback
Lince
Tucumán

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