Pumas shift focus to Rugby Championship
INTERVIEW: Jaguares and Argentina wing Santiago Cordero says there was a positive attitude during the Pumas' first day of a training camp ahead of the Rugby Championship.
The Pumas began their preparations for the tournament this week.
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.
"We will select different players for every game," Hourcade said.
"We are expecting a very tough tournament and we are focused on continuing our growth as a team."
Cordero, 22, was a standout performer for the Pumas in 2015. He caught the attention of rugby audiences during the 2015 World Cup when he scored some memorable tries.
He will be looking to do the same in the Rugby Championship.
"We working on our game plan - we will be looking to add some new concepts that coach [Hourcade] has talked to us about," said Cordero.
"We had positive attitude at training today [Monday]. The team has goals and we hope to fulfill it for our fans.
"The team has to focus on the Rugby Championship now."
In the 33-man squad for the Pumas' training camp, prop Nahuel Tetaz was absent due to personal matters, while Matias Moroni has Sevens commitments
However, Hourcade has also invited Gonzalo Bertranou, Felipe Arregui, Facundo Giger, Cristian Bartoloni and Ignacio Larrague to join the training squad.