Argentina omit many overseas stars for Irish games
Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has named a youthful, primarily home-based squad for his team’s forthcoming summer tests against Ireland.
Many of Argentina’s Europe-based players are not selected, as the coach instead picks players located in the country.
In total, just five overseas-based players are included: the France-based trio of tight-head Ramiro Herrera (Castres), out-half Nicolas Sanchez (Bordeaux) and full-back/wing Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Oyonnax) are selected.
From the Super Rugby competition, tight-head Matias Diaz of the Highlanders and Western Stormers lock Manuel Carizza are also picked.
Hourcade appears to be prioritising the Rugby Championship, which starts later in the summer.
Twenty-five players will be selected from an extended squad of 31 for each of Argentina’s two tests against Ireland on 7 and 14 June, and against Scotland on 20 June.
“Ireland is the best team in Europe and one of the best in the world, so it will be very hard,” Hourcade said.
“Scotland, meanwhile, are not performing well but have players that play in the best clubs in Europe.
“We have been demanding for years [to play] at the highest level and we have to enjoy, learn, and try to be protagonists. I am excited and eager to play these games.”
Backs (14): Santiago Cordero (Regatas Bella Vista), Martin Landajo (Club Athetic), Manuel Montero (Pucara), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano Athletic), Jeronimo De la Fuente (Duendes RC), Matias Moroni (CUBA), Ramiro Moyano (Lince Tucuman), Matias Orlando (Huirapuca Tucuman), Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Oyonnax), Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (Asociacion Alumni), Gabriel Ascárate (Natacion y Gimnasia), Javier Rojas (Universitario Tucuman), Nicolas Sanchez (Bordeaux), Joaquin Tuculet (unattached).
Forwards (17): Antonio Ahualli de Chazal (San Isidro Club), Facundo Isa (Santiago Lawn Tennis), Tomas Lavanini (Hindú Club), Benjamin Macome (no club), Julian Montoya (Club Newman), Lucas Noguera Paz (Lince Tucuman), Javier Ortega Desio (Estudiantes), Bruno Postiglioni (La Plata), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (La Plata), Matias Alemanno (La Tablada), Matias Diaz (Highlanders), Ramiro Herrera (Castres), Santiago Iglesias Valdez (Universitario Tucuman) , Rodrigo Baez (Liceo RC), Manuel Carizza (Western Stormers), Matias Cortese (Liceo RC), Tomas De la Vega (Club Universitario).