The announcement of the Los Pumas squad for the 2021 Rugby Championship gives four young people an unforgettable week. Because Santiago Mare, Lucio Cinti, Marcos Moneta and Ignacio Mendy, not only won the Bronze medal at the Olympic Games last Wednesday morning of Argentina, but also, they were included in the roster for the most important XV tournament in the southern hemisphere.
“With the seven boys we had a Zoom, but we had already communicated it to Santi Gómez Cora before they left. We will communicate it to them today and they will surely infect us with their energy. We are very happy to have them,” remarked Mario Ledesma at a press conference.
Moneta was the tryman of the Olympics, with six conquests. At the age of 21, he had the chance to make his debut in the XV major team. For his part, Mare was the second scorer at Tokyo 2020 and he will also join the team led by Ledesma for the first time: “We want to install Mare in the opening position in XV rugby, It is one of the conversations we had with Santi Gómez Cora. He is one of the interesting players that we can have in that position “, remarked the Los Pumas head coach.
“Both Mendy and Cinti won the call before going to the Olympic Games“, Ledesma surprised. We talked about it with Santi (Gómez Cora) last year. Mendy did not travel due to a shoulder injury in 2020. He returned very well and with the running of the tournaments he improved. In the Olympic Games he had a performance outstanding and from the YOGBA that Cinti is the best ambassador of these guys “, highlighted the head coach.
“Borges told me that these guys were going to come to Los Pumas. The YOGBA team gave us many players. They will bring freshness and that unawareness that they do not speculate where they are, they play and they enjoy themselves. We told them that we are expecting that from them. That confidence that they worked these three days. They bring many positive things, “added Mario