On May 22, during the hard time the country is going through the pandemic, Mario Ledesma released the list of 59 Pumas who were going to face the year 2020 with the light blue and white shirt.
At that time, the times were different and it was not known for sure how long the isolation would last. However, the Argentine head coach, with the July window and the Rugby Championship on the horizon, always looked ahead and announced the selected players. Back then, 14 were the names that played in European rugby. How many are today less than three months from the announcement?
When the UAR released the list there were 45 names under contract with the Argentine Rugby Union, but that number was reduced with the departure of several players: Marcos Kremer to Stade Francais, Guido Petti to Bourdeaux, Jerónimo de la Fuente to Perpignan, Matías Moroni to Leicester, Matías Orlando to Newcastle, Matías Alemanno to Gloucester and Lucas Mensa to Valence Romans.
Of these, Moroni, Orlando and De la Fuente will join their new clubs from December when their respective contracts with the Argentine Rugby Union end.
The 14 players who were working abroad at the time of the call were Facundo Bosch (La Rochelle), Ignacio Calles (Pau), Santiago Cordero (Bourdeaux), Patricio Fernández (Lyon), Facundo Gigena (Leicester), Francisco Gómez Kodela (Lyon), Ramiro Herrera (Agen), Facundo Isa (Toulon), Tomás Lavanini (Leicester), Pablo Matera (Stade Fancais), Ramiro Moyano (Toulon), Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors), Nicolás Sánchez (Stade Francais) and Benjamín Urdapilleta (Castres).
To these, were added the 7 players who recently crossed the Atlantic Ocean and increased the list of “Europeans” to 21. Today the numbers say that of the 59 summoned, 38 play in the country and 21 do or will do so from December in clubs on the Old Continent, a figure unthinkable two years ago. Most play primarily in England and France, and the only one to do so in another league is Enrique Pieretto, who signed to the Scottish Pro14 Glasgow Warriors.
For their part, there are 28 that are still in the country, but several still have the possibility of emigrating to European rugby. Among the most prominent are Julián Montoya and Emiliano Boffelli. In addition to the 3 named, today they are part of Jaguares Gonzalo Bertranou, Rodrigo Bruni, Sebastián Cancelliere, Santiago Carreras, Santiago Chocobares, Agustín Creevy, Tomás Cubelli, Bautista Delguy, Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, Javier Díaz, Felipe Ezcurra, Francisco Gorrisen, Santiago Grondona , Tomás Lezana, Juan Cruz Mallía, Santiago Medrano, Domingo Miotti, Javier Ortega Desio, Lucas Paulos, Juan Pedemonte, Joel Sclavi, Santiago Socino, Lucio Sordin, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquín Tuculet and Mayco Vivas.
Among those summoned were also the players who started the year with Ceibos in the American Rugby Super League: Tomás Albornoz, Ignacio Calas, Mateo Carreras, Juan Pablo Castro, Juan Bautista Daireaux, Rodrigo Fernández Criado, Gonzalo García, Santiago Montagner, Federico Wegrzyn and Juan Pablo Zeiss.