Mario Ledesma is preparing for his sixth successive Rugby World Cup, the first as head coach, and has called a squad for 46 gamers to get ready for Rugby World Cup 2019 at Japan. Argentina trainer Mario Ledesma has called his 46-man preliminary Rugby World Cup 2019 squad that includes five star players along with a couple of Europe-based players.
This remained true until last year after Mario Ledesma, who played with three Rugby World Cup 2019 at Argentina’s leading row, took over as head trainer along with also a high-value basis was implemented.
Where Ledesma considers he’s a position satisfactorily covered by gamers in Argentina, he’s opted to not pick those playing commerce abroad. This is how it is with wingers Juan Imhoff, Argentina’s top try scorer at RWC background, and Santiago Cordero, that left the English Premiership’s tournament XV to get 2018-19.
One of the overseas players that have made the group, that is decreased into the 31 that traveling to Japan, are fly-halves Nicolás Sánchez and Benjamín Urdapilleta, props Ramiro Herrera and Juan Figallo and loose ahead Facundo Isa, that returns to the fold for the first time since 2016.
Additionally included is hooker Santiago Socino who, with abandoned Argentina aged 21, is chosen for a national group for the very first time after signing a two-year contract with Jaguares.
Another huge addition is that of former priest Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, that combines Ledesma’s employees as forwards coach following a year training in the Best 14 together with Toulon. Fernández Lobbe retired from international rugby after Rugby World Cup 2015, before hanging up his playing boots per year ago.
Argentina will face England, France, Tonga and USA in Japan 2019, but prior to going into the Rugby World Cup they’ll play with a truncated Rugby Championship effort. They’ll face New Zealand at Buenos Aires on 20 July before traveling to Brisbane to undertake Australia a week later and coming back to confront South Africa on 10 August.
ARGENTINA RUGBY WORLD CUP FIXTURE, SQUAD, GROUP, GUIDE
Could spring an upset — because they did against South Africa and Australia at the Rugby Championship — but it’s difficult to see how they could win the whole Rugby World Cup.
HOW THE QUALIFIED
Argentina qualified automatically for the 2019 tournament.
Hooker Agustín Creevy is the heartbeat of the Group. Lineout specialist Guido Petti and ten Nicolás Sánchez are capable allies.
THE COACH MARIO LEDESMA
A giant of Argentinian rugby who played in four World Cups. The former hooker substituted Daniel Hourcade, who quit last June following a defeat by Scotland left his side with 2 wins in 18 games.
Squad thickness. Much could be based on the accessibility to overseas-based players, together with Ledesma able to move away from the nation on a’need-to’ foundation — thus Saracens prop Juan Figallo’s call-up at the onset of the Rugby Championship.
We’ll update this section by who Argentina will perform as warm-ups for your championship when they’re announced.
ARGENTINA RUGBY WORLD CUP GROUP
Argentina are in Group C by England, France, USA and Tonga.
ARGENTINA RUGBY WORLD CUP FIXTURE
Sat Sep 21 France vs. Argentina (TOKYO)
Sat Sep 28 Argentina vs. Tonga (OSAKA)
Sat Oct 5 England vs. Argentina (TOKYO)
Wed Oct 9 Argentina vs. USA (KUMAGAYA)