The former coach of the Argentine team that won the Bronze in the 2007 World Cup, Marcelo Loffreda, is the new Sports Manager of Los Pumas.
The Argentine Rugby Union announced that Tano is taking over as replacement for Gonzalo Longo, who had assumed that role in March 2019. Longo represented Los Pumas as a player between 1999 and 2007, and participated in three World Cups (99, 2003 and 2007). In addition, in 2002, the Puma # 590 won the Silver Olympia Award for Rugby.
The UAR reported that “among its main functions, Loffreda will comprehensively assist the Head Coach of Los Pumas, mainly in those matters related to communication, logistics, interpersonal relations between staff members and all team players. He will also work as directly with the other UAR national teams, seeking to generate team culture under the same guidelines and fostering synergy with the Rugby 2030 program “.
Loffreda was in command of the National Team between 2000 and 2007, where he participated in the World Cups of Australia 2003 and France 2007, achieving the remembered third place in Parisian lands. In addition, he was a player of Los Pumas (# 339) between 1978 and 1994, a shirt with which he totaled 46 games.
For his part, Loffreda left his activity at the URBA to join the UAR. In the Buenos Aires Union, he began in the 2013 season in the role of National Team Advisor, where he was in charge of proposing coaches and questions related to tactics and strategy. Two years later the Board of Directors elected him Director of the Game of the URBA.
Marcelo Loffreda’s statements:
“I thank Mario (Ledesma), the staff and the UAR authorities for the proposal to accompany the Los Pumas team in this new stage. On the one hand, it is a pride and an immense joy to be close again and collaborate in caring for what this shirt represents, and on the other, an enormous responsibility for the history that precedes it. I hope I can help in that, as we often say, this shirt can be left even higher than we found it ”.
“I have complete confidence in those who lead the team, in fact, I know them and have trained them all and I already have great confidence in the excellent players who make up the squad. I am very happy that Mario has summoned me and considers that from this new role he can contribute what we all think and aspire to, which is that Los Pumas play better and better ”.
“Lastly, to tell you that I will try to continue the good work done by those who came before me (José Santamarina and Chalo Longo), which is fundamentally transmitting with special dedication the culture and sense of identity that it means to wear the Los Pumas shirt.”
“I also want to thank the entire URBA, President, Secretary, Council and workforce. There have been several years in which, thanks to the support of all, we were able to develop and organize various projects, from training, dissemination, as well as in the different areas of the Game, autonomously and very successfully. I have no doubt that continuity will be maintained with the excellent team that I have had to lead. ”