Mario Ledesma announced a list of 45 players to travel to Australia and play the Rugby Championship with Los Pumas from November 7. Inside the campus there are several of the players who were selected in the previous World Cup last year in Japan, but they were left out in the last cut and now they seek revenge. Further, there are others like Juan Imhoff who return after playing his last match in the light blue and white jersey in defeat to Australia in the RWC semi-final on 25 October 2015.
Without a doubt, the name that draws attention within the list is that of Juan Imhoff that he will have a new opportunity after five years of waiting. The Racing 92 player accumulates 33 tests with Los Pumas, of which 24 were as a starter and 9 as a substitute, in which he supported 16 tries. He played two World Cups (2011 and 2015).
There are several ‘Europeans’ that make up the squad. On the one hand, the third line from Santiago Facundo Isa, plays in Toulon with Ramiro Moyano, is 27 years old and accumulates 27 tests with Los Pumas since his debut against Scotland, on November 8, 2014. The wing Santiago Lamb of great present in Bordeaux with Guido petti, one of the most prominent teams in French today. Pelusa is 26 years old, 35 tests and 13 tries with the national team (he debuted against England on November 9, 2013).
Also figure Facundo Bosch, who had been summoned by Ledesma before the World Cup. The player with a past in CUBA, shares a roster in La Rochelle with Ramiro Herrera (he was not called up), and is an option for both hooker and third line. With 29 years and only one test, for the 2018 Rugby Championship against South Africa in Mendoza, he shares the position with Julian Montoya Y Santiago Socino.
On the other hand, a new possibility opens up for several former Jaguars who managed to consolidate in Super Rugby and not in the selected one: Joaquin Diaz Bonilla was fundamental in the 2019 campaign when the then team of Gonzalo Quesada reached the final, but the experience of Nicolas Sanchez and Benjamín Urdapilleta (he was not called up) were key – in Ledesma’s words – for the final decision not to bring the Leicester Tigers to Japan today. Sebastian Cancelliere is another of those who deserve to have his place: in Super Rugby he played 24 games and supported nine tries in a position with many variations.
In case of Gonzalo Bertranou It is very particular since the injury he had in his shoulder took away the rhythm of competition and by the time he traveled to Japan, Felipe Ezcurra he was in fullness. However, due to the injury of Thomas Cubelli During the RWC, he joined the squad to play against the United States in the last duel of the Argentine team in the World Cup. The Mendoza seeks to regain lost ground and must fight for the position again in a season of little competition.
Lucio Sordoni will fight for a place on the front line. The 1998 litter from Rosario is among the young group of promising forwards in the future of Los Pumas. His senior national team debut was against Ireland’s Lansdowne Road on November 10, 2018 and he has a total of two caps on his personal account. Close the list another first line, Juan Pablo Zeiss. At the age of 31, the Bariloche native already had experience in 2018 with the Argentine team: he played a total of six games, three for the Rugby Championship (two against the All Blacks and one against the Wallabies, for a total of 55 minutes. ) and three others in the November international window (Ireland, France and Scotland, for a total of 62 minutes).