Pumas not taking Japan lightly

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 08:39
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SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade has named a 31-man squad for their end-of-year tour to Japan and the UK.

The squad will be led by Agustín Creevy with a group of 26 players travelling to Japan before Juan Martin Hernandez, Gabriel Ascarate, Facundo Bosch, Felipe Ezcurra and Pablo Matera link up with the rest of the squad for matches against Wales, Scotland and England.
Tomas Lezana, who was absent during the Rugby Championship, and Facundo Gigena, who played several games for the Jaguares, are also part of the squad.
"The goals for this tour is to not move away from what we’re doing. We want to capture on the field what these players have learnt this season, without neglecting the results," said Hourcade. 
"Confronting Japan, I think will be very good - we have a lot of respect for them and they are playing some good rugby and we know we have to do our best if we are to beat them."
"The Northern Hemisphere teams will give us a similar challenge to what we confronted in the Rugby Championship, but with a different style of game. 

"We must impose our style and be efficient at the breakdown, without having to involve many people."

Argentina take on Japan on November 5 in Tokyo before taking on Wales, Scotland and England on the following three Saturdays. 

Argentina squad: Agustin Creevy (captain), Julian Montoya, Facundo Bosch, Santiago Garcia Botta, Lucas Noguera Paz, Ramiro Herrera, Enrique Pieretto, Facundo Gigena, Matias Alemanno, Guido Petti, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera, Javier Ortega Desio, Tomas Lezana, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Facundo Isa, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Cubelli, Martin Landajo, Felipe Ezcurra, Nicolas Sanchez, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Juan Martin Hernandez, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Matias Moroni, Gabriel Azcarate, Matias Orlando, Manuel Montero, Ramiro Moyano, Santiago Cordero, Joaquin Tuculet.