Los Pumas 7’s has a confirmed roster to travel to Dubai where he will play two tournaments in the framework of the Emirates Invitational 7’s, together with Japan, Canada, Kenya, Uganda, France, Spain and Chile. There will be 17 players that will make up the delegation he directs Santiago Gomez Cora, including the experienced Fernando Luna, Franco Sábato and Gastón Revol.
Dubai is a city that brought back very good memories to Los Pumas 7’s. The most recent precedent is the historic victory against Fiji by 24-21, on December 6, 2019. The islanders came from being champions of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the last World Tour.
Regarding logistics, the teams will be focused on bubbles and like Madrid 7’s, The contests will be held on consecutive weekends (April 2 and 3 and April 8 and 9). Still the fixture and the schedules were not confirmed.
“To always face a trip with this team is a very nice feeling. It is an honor to be part of the team whose turn it is to travel and have the opportunity to compete and play with this group. So I am very happy for the call,” he said. Franco Saturday and added: “The motivation is intact and enormous, with the Olympic Games so close, with the nice group and team that there is, the motivation is alone and in abundance. No doubt that anxiety about Tokyo It is there but you have to keep your feet on the ground, set short goals, focus on the next tours, trainings, improve both individually and as a group and go around, not looking so much at Tokyo. Obviously the Games are very big but the best way to calm the anxiety is to go with short objectives “.
For its part, Santiago Mare He said: “The group is very good, very united. The internal competition is very great and very healthy, which raises the level and improves the team. Personally, I really want to play and add my first minutes of the year since I come from an injury that did not allow me to be in Madrid. Afterwards I always try to improve day by day and enjoy this process, with the aim of being at the Olympic Games. It is difficult to calm that anxiety. We know that Tokyo is very close, but let’s go day by day, focusing on improving and continuing to grow. That is the way to put your head in the present. “
Los Pumas 7’s squad for Dubai: Santiago Álvarez (cap), Lautaro Bazán Vélez, Lucio Cinti, Joaquín de la Vega, Felipe Del Mestre, Rodrigo Etchart, Luciano González Rizzoni, Rodrigo Isgro, Fernando Luna, Santiago Mare, Ignacio Mendy, Marcos Moneta, Marcos Moroni, Matías Osadczuk, Gastón Revol, Franco Sábato and Germán Schulz.