This Sunday, and in the preview of what will be the Rugby Championship To be held in Australia, the UAR held a press conference in which the protagonists were the head coach Mario Ledesma, the sports manager Marcelo Loffreda and the member of the coaching staff Nicolás Fernández Miranda.
Between the three, they left several interesting spots, in view of what will be the competition that will take place in Aussie lands between November and December.
One of the great novelties of the list of 45 players called up was the reappearance of Juan Imhoff. In that sense, the head coach explained that it is because “he is playing at a high level and we expect a lot from him from the rugby field and from what he can contribute to a young group that goes to the Rugby Championship.”
In contrast, one of the great absences, in addition to those of Augustine Creevy, Matías Moroni Y Thomas Lavanini, of which Mario spoke with Scrum, is the Benjamin Urdapilleta: “He is a very experienced player who will surely arrive at the next World Cup at an advanced age for rugby and we told him that as long as we need him we will keep him in mind, but that today we want to develop new boys. The door is not closed definitely for him. “
Another relevant announcement for the contest in which the Argentine team will debut against the Springboks, was that Juan Fernandez Miranda Y Andres Bordoy They will be in Australia, and the members of the staff emphasized the constant treatment that exists between Los Pumas, Los Pumitas, Jaguares and Argentina XV.
Loffreda, meanwhile, spoke of the non-inclusion of Creevy in the squad, and explained that “Agustín is just settling in London Irish and is just in a very difficult transition moment.” And he explained: “He told me and was sincere saying that for him it is a passion to be able to play with the Argentina shirt but that unfortunately, for personal reasons, it was not going to be the game because at the time of the Rugby Championship to settle in London”.
Within the framework of the virtual press conference, Nicolas Fernandez Miranda was in charge of referring, among other things, to the absence of Javier Ortega Desio, who was summoned by the team that will play the South American Four Nations, together with Bautista Pedemnote: “2020 was a difficult year for him. Between the injuries and the Covid, he could not work on par with the rest. We believe that the other options are better physically. We hope that he will be within reach and thus be able to count on him in a next call “.
Of great present in French Toulon, Facundo Isa, who was not at the World Cup in Japan, was summoned for the 2020 edition of the Rugby Championship and Fernández Miranda expanded on the matter. “At the time it was difficult for him to join the intensity that Los Pumas had been having. He was very open to the possibility of being there. Any coach would like to have a 100% Facundo Isa.”
Similar case to Santiago Cordero: “After not being called up for the World Cup, Santi continued to play very well, showing the quality of player and person that he is. Hopefully he will arrive now as he is playing in Bordeaux.”