The Pumas begin to approach the debut in the Three nations which will be on November 14 before New Zealand. But, Mario Ledesma is already beginning to outline a team to play the first friendly in Australia this Saturday, October 24.
Now, the “European” Argentines will arrive in Sydney in the next few hours and will begin training sections of the group since they must comply with the mandatory 14-day quarantine. They can be assembled with the rest of the team the first week of November.
This means that Mario Ledesma will have the 45 players available for approximately two weeks prior to his debut against the All Blacks for the first date of the Three Nations.
What are the options in each position that Ledesma has to make up the team?
Starting with the first row, Los Pumas have varied options. Some experienced players mixed with young people who will seek to take their first steps in the selected team.
The pillars With whom the Head Coach has are Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Federico Wegrzyn, Lucio Sordoni, Ignacio Calles and Francisco Gómez Kodela. And, on the side of hookersWithout the presence of Agustín Creevy, Julián Montoya, Santiago Socino, José Luis González and Facundo Bosch are available.
In the second lineWithout a doubt, Tomás Lavanini will be absent due to injury. Ledesma has the options of Guido Petti, Matías Alemanno, Lucas Paulos, Ignacio Calas and Rodrigo Fernández Criado. In addition, if necessary Marcos Kremer could serve in the position.
The third line it was greatly enhanced by players playing in Europe. Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer and Facundo Isa joined the squad to join Tomás Lezana, Rodrigo Bruni, Santiago Grondona, Francisco Gorrissen, Juan Martín González and Joaquín Oviedo.
The backs also alternate players with more travel in the selected team and others who will seek to add their first minutes and have an experience in Los Pumas.
The three half scrums available for Ledesma have already played and it is the position that arguably has the best coverage for the Three Nations. Tomás Cubelli, Gonzalo Bertranou and Felipe Ezcurra will compete for the position during this month and a half.
With the resignation of Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, there are three openings natural resources that are available to the Head Coach. Nicolás Sánchez arrived from Paris to continue being the 10th of the selected team. While, Domingo Miotti and Tomás Albornóz will intern to make their debut and begin to show themselves with the light blue and white shirt.
The centers Los Pumas suffered a very important loss. Matías Moroni will not be present at the Three Nations. Jerónimo de la Fuente and Matías Orlando seem to be fixed in the Ledesma fifteen. On the other hand, Juan Cruz Mallía, Santiago Chocobares and Lucas Mensa will try to win a place.
For the three from the bottom from Los Pumas, Ledesma has two pleasant surprises. The wingers Juan Imhoff and Santiago Cordero were summoned again to the selected one. They will join great players in the position such as Ramiro Moyano, Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastián Canceliere, Bautista Delguy and Santiago Carreras. For his part, Lucio Cinti is the young back who wants to be the rookie in the Tres Nations.