Argentina have included five European-based players in their provisional 46-man squad for this year’s rugby World Cup in Japan.
Coach Mario Ledesma announced on Saturday that Juan Figal, who plays for Saracens, Nicolas Sanchez and Ramiro Herrera (Stade Francais), Facundo Isa (Toulon) and Benjamin Urdapilleta (Castres) have all made the final 46.
“Some players from abroad have been called up,” Ledesma said. “We think they will bring something extra in addition to the players we have here.”
Their inclusion marks a move away from the recent policy of selecting almost exclusively home-based players for Argentina’s national squad.
I have tickets to see England vs Argentina, so will be watching carefully how team selection goes…this could be a potential banana skin of a match for the England team.
Argentina play New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in the Rugby Championship in July and August as part of their World Cup warm-up.
Argentina have been drawn in Pool C at the World Cup and will face France, England, Tonga and the United States.
The tournament begins on Sept. 20 and the final will take place on Nov. 2 in Yokohama. For more information visit http://uar.com.ar/