Connect with us

International

Pumas Make 10 Changes to Starting XV

Argentina have made a total of 10 changes to their starting line-up for this weekend’s second test against the Springboks

Published

on

(Photo by JUAN JOSE GASPARINI/AFP/Getty Images

Argentinian head coach Mario Ledesma has made 10 changes to his starting XV for his side’s second test against the Springboks on Saturday.

The game will be the Pumas final test before heading over to Japan for the Rugby World Cup and Ledesma has given some players a chance to prove they should be included in his final 31-man squad for the tournament.

There are no survivors in the first five positions following last weekend’s 46-13 thrashing at the hands of the South Africans.

That means that there is starts for Mayco Vivas, Julian Montoya and Santiago Medrano in the front-row with Guido Petti and Tomas Lavanini slotting in behind in the second-row.

It will be Vivas’ international debut and after the Pumas scrum struggled during this year’s shortened Rugby Championship it could be an ideal opportunity for him to force his way into Ledesma’s World Cup plans.

In the back-row Javier Ortega Desio is at No 8, with Pablo Matera and Marcos Kremer on the flanks.

There is an inexperienced half-back duo in Felipe Ezcurra and Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, with a combined three caps, but it allows Nicolas Sanchez some rest.

Lucas Mensa comes in at inside-centre for his debut meaning Jeronimo de la Fuente moves to outside-centre, while there is a back-three of Ramiro Moyano, Sebastian Canelliere and Joaquin Tuculet.

The Pumas may have suffered a poor Rugby Championship campaign, but they will want to gain some momentum ahead of the World Cup in their last game.

While they will also want to gain some valuable points in the world rankings as they have fallen to 11th behind both Japan and Fiji.

Although it is only a warm-up game this could be a make or break moment in the Pumas international season.

Check out the Full 23-Man Squad Below.

Starting XV:

Joaquin Tuculet, Sebastian Cancelliere, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Lucas Mensa, Ramiro Moyano; Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Felipe Ezcurra; Javier Ortega Desio, Marcos Kremer, Pablo Matera (capt); Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti; Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya, Mayco Vivas.

Replacements:

Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Juan Figallo, Matias Alemanno, Tomas Lezana, Gonzalo Bertranou, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Santiago Carreras.

International

England’s Final November Test Confirmed

England have announced their fourth and final opponent of their November series this year

Published

on

(Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

England have confirmed that Tonga will be their fourth opponent in their November series this year.

The game will take place at Twickenham on Saturday November 21st at 15:15 in what will be the third of their four tests. 

It will be the fourth meeting of the two sides, but their first outside of a Rugby World Cup. They last played against one another last year at the World Cup in Japan, when England won as they have done on the other previous two occasions. 

Before the two teams meet England will take on the All Blacks on November 7th and then Argentina on the 14th. 

While after the Tongan encounter they face another southern hemisphere team in Australia on the 28th in the final of their Quilter Internationals for 2020. 

Those tests could go a long way to deciding England’s seeding in the draw for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, with the draw set to take place at some point in November. 

Before then the English will be focusing on the Six Nations, where they remain in title contention heading into the last two rounds. 

Next up for Eddie Jones’ side is a clash with Wales, however, their final game against Italy in Rome is under threat due to the Coronavirus outbreak within the country.

Continue Reading

International

Rugby Australia Claim Fox Sports Haven’t Walked Away

Last week it was reported that Fox Sports are set to end their 25-year long relationship with Australian Rugby, but Rugby Australia have now said otherwise

Published

on

(Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Rugby Australia CEO Raelene Castle has claimed that Fox Sports haven’t walked away from the Wallabies and believes they could continue their relationship into the future.

Last week it was reported that the media organisation were set to end their 25-year relationship with Rugby Australia, but despite not having come to a deal that suits all Castle’s believes they will bid for rights next month. 

“We went through a negotiating process with them (Fox Sports) through their exclusive negotiating period. Unfortunately we couldn’t get to a place we were both comfortable with. So now we’re in tender and we would expect that as a market process they would step into that process,” she said. 

Reports state that Fox Sports had ended their relationship with Rugby Australia after the two bodies failed to find common ground on a deal between 2021 and 2025. 

Rugby Australia and Castle are set to make a historic move next month when they bring the broadcast rights to the market for the first time since the professional era began, but as stated above she is confident of an agreement between the two either way. 

There is a fear among many that Australia’s struggling Super Rugby sides, three of which remain without a win so far this season, will make it harder for the organisation to get a good deal over the line. 

However, all will become clearer by next month and Castle and co will be hoping that they can get the best deal possible.

Continue Reading

International

Ireland Climb in Latest World Rankings

Ireland have had the biggest boost in the latest World Rugby Rankings ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw later this year

Published

on

(Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)

Ireland have leapfrogged Wales in the latest World Rugby Rankings of the the 2023 Rugby World Cup draw in November of this year.

The boys in green have taken over the No 4 spot in the rankings following their 24-14 win over Wales in the Six Nations over the weekend, with their opponents dropping down to fifth. 

It is a major boost for the Irish and gives them something to hold on to heading into the rest of this year’s fixtures as they are now currently in the top seeds ahead of the draw for the pool stages of France 2023. 

World Rugby announced recently that they will hold the draw later this year meaning that teams will have less time to climb the rankings than last time around when they had 18 months between the previous World Cup and the draw for the next one. 

A total of twelve teams will head into the draw as seeds in three brackets with the top four in the rankings being first seeds, meaning as of now Wales would be second seeds along with France, Australia and Japan. 

While Scotland, Argentina, Italy and Fiji are in the third bracket, with the remainder of the teams to be decided through different qualifiers over the next three years. 

Elsewhere in the rankings Georgia have moved up ahead of Italy, following the former’s latest two defeats in the Six Nations, while the biggest risers have been Portugal, who have moved from 22nd to 20th, but Russia have dived from 20th to 25th. 

Ireland will be hoping to continue their perfect start to the Six Nations campaign when they take on the third-ranked team England away from home, whom they may look to overtake in the rankings before the draw. 

It is certainly heating up between the Six Nations teams as they try to be the best-placed behind South Africa and New Zealand, who take the first and second spots, but won’t play until the summer.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending

Secured By miniOrange