Four foreign-based players named in Argentina squad

Argentina have included four European-based players in their squad for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against New Zealand in Buenos Aires.

According to an aFP reprot, head coach Mario Ledesma has named Stade Francais fly-half Nicolas Sanchez, Bordeaux-Begles winger Santiago Cordero, Toulon back-row Facundo Isa, and Saracens prop Juan Figallo in a 30-man squad but omitted Racing 92 winger Juan Imhoff.

The Argentinian Rugby Union recently relaxed restrictions on players, who ply their trade outside the country, from representing the Pumas.

Another foreign-based player, Castres fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta has also been left out of the squad for the game All Blacks game but he is injured and is part of Ledesma’s preliminary Rugby World Cup group.

Most of the squad to face the All Blacks consist of players from the Jaguares, who lost to the Crusaders in the Super Rugby Final earlier this month.

Centre Lucas Mensa is the only uncapped player in the squad.

Argentina squad

Forwards: Matias Alemanno, Agustin Creevy (c), Juan Figallo, Ramiro Herrera, Facundo Isa, Marcos Kremer, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Mayco Vivas

Backs: Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastian Cancelliere, Santiago Cordero, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra, Lucas Mensa, Manuel Montero, Matias Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Nicolas Sanchez, Joaquin Tuculet