Teenager set for Pumas debut

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:36
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NEWS: Jaguares lock forward Marcos Kremer is set to make his senior international debut for Argentina in the Rugby Championship next month.

Kremer, who only turns 19 next week, has been named in the 33-man squad for the Pumas' training camp.

Kremer, who was part of Argentinian Under-20 squad that participated in 2016 World Rugby junior championships is the only debutant.

Coach Daniel Hourcade said the team will train in Argentina until Thursday, August 11, before leaving for South Africa - where they will face the Springboks in Nelspruit on Saturday, August 20, in the opening round of the Rugby Championship.

"For every game we will select different players," Hourcade said - adding that they will take 26 members on the trip to South Africa and 28 when they head to Australasia in September.

"We are expecting a very tough tournament and we are focused on continuing our growth as a team," Hourcade said.

It will be the fifth time the Pumas will compete since the tournament was expended to include them.

The Pumas will be looking for a repeat of their historic victory over the Springboks - when they won 37-25 in Durban last year, the only time in 22 encounters between the two countries.

There was also a draw in Mendoza in 2012.

With the Jaguares having made their debut in Super Rugby this year, the Pumas will feature a team comprising only players plying their trade on home soil - another first for the South Americans.

"It has been great for us to compete in Super Rugby, as we had the opportunity to have almost all our players together since February, to play the same type of game against players that make up the opposition we will now face [in the Rugby Championship].

"Our objective always is to improve our game and if we do that, the positive results [victories] will come."

Hourcade said he rated the 'new-look' Springbok team as one of the top three sides in the world.

"South Africa is going through some changes - with a new coach, who will give a different dynamic to the upcoming tournament.

"They won't go away from their strengths, which is being physical, and what they feel comfortable with.

"But I think we will see a similar style of game that the Lions play in Super Rugby," said the coach.

Argentina squad:

Forwards: Facundo Bosch (Hooker), Agustín Creevy (Hooker, captain), Julián Montoya (Hooker), Santiago García Botta (Prop), Ramiro Herrera (Prop), Lucas Noguera Paz (Prop), Enrique Pieretto (Prop), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro  (Prop), Matías Alemanno (Lock), Marcos Kremer (Lock), Tomás Lavanini (Lock), Guido Petti Pagadizábal  (Lock), Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Flank), Tomás Lezana (Flank), Pablo Matera (Flank), Javier Ortega Desio (Flank), Facundo Isa (No.8), Leonardo Senatore (No.8).

Backs: Tomás Cubelli (Scrumhalf), Felipe Ezcurra (Scrumhalf), Martín Landajo (Scrumhalf), Santiago González Iglesias (Flyhalf), Nicolás Sánchez (Flyhalf), Gabriel Ascárate (Centre), Jerónimo de la Fuente (Centre), Juan Martín Hernández (Centre), Matías Moroni (Centre), Matías Orlando (Centre), Santiago Cordero (Wing), Manuel Montero (Wing), Ramiro Moyano (Wing), Lucas González Amorosino (Fullback), Joaquín Tuculet (Fullback).

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