In the prelude to what will be the Rugby Championship, the head coach of Los Pumas, Mario Ledesma, I’m going through Scrum and he talked about everything: the squad list, the great absences, the return of Juan Imhoff to the selected team, the logistics designed for Australia, and much more …
Here, a review with the highlights of a must-see heads up.
One of the great news from the list with the 45 summoned by Mario for the tournament that brings together the powers of the Southern Hemisphere, was the inclusion of Juan Imhoff, who has been showing a high level in French Racing 92. On what did Ledesma base his decision to include the Rosario?
“It is a list that we have been thinking about for a long time. We saw many surprises for the better, especially in the younger players. I had had a chat with Imhoff earlier in the year. Obviously, in a list with the best 60 Argentine players, it enters in excess. He’s playing great, and in a team (Racing 92) that plays great. “
On the other hand, in contrast, the Argentine team will not have some figures who have stood out wearing the light blue and white … “Agustín Creevy’s absence on the list for Rugby Championshin was due to personal problems. He was summoned but told us that he could not come “.
“Lavanini and Moroni they are low sensitive because they were both very good. They are two of the players who had started working with us on the leadership issue. Somehow, several of those guys are becoming leaders, in view of the next World Cup. We had Tute here every day and he participated a lot. He was a beacon for many of the boys, who look at him as a reference, as an idol “.
In the juicy chat he had with Scrum, Ledesma also referred to what he is seeing, in terms of gaming, in the global arena, and offered a detailed and interesting analysis of his own. “The World Cup and the 6 Nations give an indication of what is being done and how it is going to be played in the coming years. Many teams have more and more players on the defense line, which marks a more strategic rugby “.
Without a doubt, another of the highlights was when the exhooker of Los Pumas referred to the Japan World Cup, which meant his first World Cup experience as head coach: “Changes come after a traumatic experience. The World Cup in Japan was traumatic for me. I suffered a lot, and also the months that followed. It took me on a personal path, from starting to work with a psychologist, to meditating. “
Thinking fully about what will be the debut for the Rugby Championship in Brisbane against the Springboks, the last world champion, Mario first emphasized the “privilege” they have of being able, little by little, to begin to resume activity and competition . And on the other hand, aware that the rest of those selected will arrive at the contest with more filming, he said: “We would not be prepared to play 80 minutes of play. We started scrumming very recently. We are very focused on ourselves. We want to be competitive “.