Argentina

Published on: 16th September 2015

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World Ranking: 8

Odds of Winning: 100/1

Road to Qualification: Qualified through position in RWC 2011.

Recent Results:

Argentina 12 – 26 South Africa

South Africa 25 – 37 Argentina

Argentina 9 – 34 Australia

New Zealand 39 – 18 Argentina

 

World Cup Pool Games:

Date Time Team v Team Stadium
Sunday, 20 September 15 16:45 New Zealand v Argentina
Wembley
Friday, 25 September 15 16:45 Argentina v Georgia Kingsholm
Sunday, 4 October 15 14:30 Argentina v Tonga Leicester City Stadium
Sunday, 11 October 15 12:00 Argentina v Namibia
Leicester City Stadium

Strengths:

  • Strong Pack
  • Good halfbacks
  • Skillful ball handlers

Weaknesses:

  • Lack of a cutting edge
  • Poor record against “bigger” teams

Key Players:

  • Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe – This back-rower has the most test experience of any other player in the squad with 64 caps. As a regular player for top-flight French club Toulon, he’s bound to be a rock for this relatively inexperienced Argentina side.

Credit to Sebastian RCT

  • Tomas Cubelli – Cubelli is quick and skillful scrum half who has a lot of pace and the ability to bring the Argentine backline to life. He’s also been known to be quite inventive as he showed with the Barbarians last year.

  • Juan Imhoff – This winger plays his club Rugby in France for Racing 92 and possesses that lethal combination of strength and speed. A veteran of the last World Cup, he will be looking to put the points on the board that will take Argentina into the Quarter Finals.

Credit to The Great Rugby World

Squad:

Front Row:

Agustín Creevy (Hooker) (Captain)

Julián Montoya (Hooker)

Marcos Ayerza (Prop)

Juan Pablo Orlandi (Prop)

Ramiro Herrera (Prop)

Lucas Noguera Paz (Prop)

Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Prop)

Locks:

Matías Alemanno

Mariano Galarza

Tomás Lavanini

Guido Petti Pagadizábal

Backrow

Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Flanker)

Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Flanker)

Pablo Matera (Flanker)

Javier Ortega Desio (Flanker)

Facundo Isa (No 8)

Leonardo Senatore (No 8)

Backs

Scrumhalf

Tomás Cubelli

Martín Landajo

Flyhalf

Santiago González Iglesias

Nicolás Sánchez

Centre

Marcelo Bosch

Jerónimo de la Fuente

Juan Martín Hernández

Matías Moroni

Juan Pablo Socino

Back 3

Horacio Agulla (Wing)

Santiago Cordero (Wing)

Juan Imhoff (Wing)

Lucas González Amorosino (Fullback)

Joaquín Tuculet (Fullback) 

Summary:

In recent tournaments Argentina have had a fairly good go at the Rugby World Cup, making the Quarters in ’99 and ’11 and unbelievably coming third in ’07. Argentina are one of those teams that thrive on the underdog label and always play well against big opposition even if the scoreline is a bit too one sided than what they’d hoped. Following the double hammering of France in 2007 to take the bronze, Argentina have since joined the Rugby championship meaning they play against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia every year.

There were questions as to whether this move would weaken the side or make them stronger and it seems a recent run of big scalps for Los Pumas has answered that question emphatically. In 2014 they won their first Rugby Championship match, against Australia at home. Not too long after they took their giant slaying form on the road and drop-goaled France to death in Paris before going over to South Africa in this years Rugby Championship and embarrassing the Springboks with a 37-25 win.

As for their chances in this World Cup, Argentina have been placed in a pool that with the exception of New Zealand, they should be able to climb out of fairly easily. Leaving the pool, Argentina would most likely find themselves against France or Ireland, either of whom they can beat on a good day. Could this be the year of the Puma?

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