Following the announcement of the team to face the All blacks, Mario Ledesma He spoke at a conference in the pre-meeting for the fourth day of the Rugby Championship. The coach analyzed New Zealand, and also referred to the different injuries suffered by the selected team and the schedule of World Rugby.
The head coach of The Pumas He replied about the challenge in the last time that the team is presented with injuries and trips: “It speaks a little about the complexity of the reality of Argentine rugby and Los Pumas in particular. We have not played for two and a half years. local, and with a lot of quarantine and confinement. It is something complex and a very big challenge“, he assured.
In addition, Ledesma added: “Obviously later you can take it as a problem or put yourself on the side of opportunity, which is the side that we try to take ourselves, not as an excuse. It is something that we work on every day, every day. we are thinking about that, the players and us, “he said.
About the large number of injuries on the squad and the relationship with the schedule, the coach commented: “Definitely the current situation of Argentine rugby is very challenging and it seems that international bodies do not care much. There is a lot of talk about the players’ mental health or physical integrity, and we have players who compete in the Southern Hemisphere internationally and in the Northern Hemisphere in their clubs. They play practically 12 months a year. It is not a coincidence that the injuries that appear, when on top of that you have to compete against the best teams in the world, “he said.
Lastly, Ledesma spoke about the physical integrity of the players: “Last year, many players, when the Rugby Championship ended, had injuries at their clubs. It seems to me that this is something that World Rugby has to seriously invest in and analyze because a lot is said about the physical integrity of the players, and we have to be on the side of the teams that compete in both hemispheres. It is all about the complexity of the reality that we live, “he closed.