Argentina Rugby Getting Stronger Every Passing Year

Gone are the days when you were a Black Cap or Springboks fan and did not have to worry about losing if your teams played against Argentina in the rugby international game.

Argentineans are slowly but surely embracing rugby and the support for their rugby team is far better than it was before. Rugby is getting hugely popular in Argentina and one day will come when Argentineans is passionate about rugby like they are for football.

The national rugby team of Argentina has a nickname Los Pumas and the team normally plays in the sky blue and white jerseys, which is like their National football team jersey. Argentina entered the international rugby union fray in 1910. At present, the team is ranked as the fifth best team in the international rankings. Every team is wary of the power and the prowess of the Argentinean team and one their given day, they can easily knock down top opponents like Australia and New Zealand.

The Argentinean Rugby Union team played their best at the 2015 World Cup and they’re showing at this World Cup was the best that they had achieved in their World Cup history. Before the World Cup, they played at their best to enter the semi finals of the Rugby Championships. This was followed by another semifinal appearance at the 2015 World Cup. The Argentineans started 2015 World Cup against favorites New Zealand and gave them a tough fight before losing 26-16. They went on to beat Ireland in the quarters and faced Australia in the semis that were won by Australia.

Argentina showed their class and renewed form at the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympics. They finished in the second position at the end of the group stage and qualified for the quarter finals. They were defeated 5-0 by Great Britain in the quarter finals and then beat Australia 26-21 in the 5th to 8th place standing game. They finally lost to New Zealand in the 5th place play off 17-14 to finish the Olympics run in the 6th position.

Argentina Rugby Team Wins Against Italy

In a one off Rugby Test match the Pumas prevailed as Argentina beat Italy.

Eddie Jones had his visitors put up a score that was record breaking. It was against his countrymen and it resulted in a blood bath in a Brisbane playing field. The Pumas helped Argentina get a win over Italy with a score of 30-24. The win came about in Santa Fe where the game was held. Nicolas Sanchez who had the role of a fly half helped to get the match settled. It was part of the June Test series. About 20 points were obtained from a conversion and six penalties. Argentina initially started off with players from the Jaguares Super Rugby. This franchise worked well for the country. They will now be facing France in a series of two Tests. It would take place in Tucuman which is a northwestern city.

The center player, Juan Martin Hernandez played brilliantly who set up Manuel Montero, the winger. The first try that they made in the 25th minute worked out for them. Italy had put up a strong defense. This made it hard for the Argentina team. They were unable to run for the ball clearly. There came a break on the hour mark when Sanchez was able to lead. Matias Moroni then took over to try for the Pumas a second time. Keep Reading

Argentina Ready To Take On The Aussies

The clash between Argentina and Australia in the Rugby championship will be hosted at Twickenham.

Pumas would be hosting the Wallabies in what promises to be a repeat of the semi final match as seen in the Rugby World Cup. This venue would also stand testimony to a championship test being played outside the competing countries. If you revisit the semifinal win in Australia last October over Argentina, you will find David Pocock beating Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. It was definitely a thrilling moment for all fans of world rugby.

With the Argentina and Australian teams ready for a test match as part of the Rugby championship, Twickenham will prove to be a different venue for both teams. The tournament has been organized by Sanzaar. It was confirmed to be held on 8th October, a Saturday which is a date when the fixture will make history and hold a match outside of the familiar venues in South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia. Keep Reading

Conor Murray ‘lucky’ to be fit

Ireland assistant coach Richie Murphy has stated that Scrum-half Conor Murray is quite “lucky” enough to be fit to play against Italy after being hold by the boot of England’s Mike Brown. Murphy had to go under 8 stitches across his left eye after Mike tried to kick the ball from his hands during their match earlier on Saturday. England won that match.

Richie Murphy stated that Conor has got a split right next to his eye, he has had 8 stitches but he is grand. He did not train today, but they are only looking after him. Keep Reading

Problem Of Expansion In Super Rugby

The future of Super Rugby is concerned about the franchises of New Zealand as for the next year they have been thrown with a pass of the hospital. It is difficult in terms of getting sponsors and let the flow of dollar continue which will be the same in the next year as the New Zealand has a tendency to follow the line of the party.

It is absolute genius for Japan, Argentina and South Africa to add another team to their name but New Zealand thinks otherwise. In the Championship of Rugby, Argentina’s welcome is a good sign of inclusion and the history of their performance is not concealed as they have performed extraordinarily in the past to win games, let the game be draw and were close in the others. What they lack is a sizzling side and glamour.

The Kiwis do not get excited by the Argentineans due to the barrier of language but thinking about the side of perspective from the side of view of rugby is fantastic but the players have to be from Argentina to be able to qualify for their squad. The fund for the Argentina Rugby Union is to be funded by the team of Super Rugby. It has risks as well as most of the Pumas who are in Europe is settled and is paid as well. Keep Reading

London Irish boss Smith silent on Homer future

Brian Smith, the Director of Rugby of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Irish is keeping all the cards very close t his chest regarding the future of one of the club’s biggest stars, full back Tom Homer.

According to the back pages of transfer gossip, the player, who comes to the end of his contract with the club at the end of the current season, would be moving to fellow Aviva Premiership rivals Bath Rugby in the summer.

Although Smith refused to either deny or confirm any rumours regarding the future of his star player, he did express his admiration for the talents of the 24 year old, who has been an ever present player for the team since he made his debut for the Exiles back in 2008. Smith said that he cannot go about and speak about rumours, adding that he has gone on record and said how highly he rates Homer. Keep Reading

Argentina & Japan To Join Super Rugby 2016

Argentina and Japan rugby teams have been reportedly extended approvals for joining at the prestigious Super Rugby 2016 championship. The confirmation news was declared at a recent board meet in London which paved routes for a couple of new franchise bodies to start up signing players.

The Nippon squad would be based at the Japan capital Tokyo but would also take part in 3 home matches in Singapore whilst the Argentina counterpart would be playing at Buenos Aires.

Southern Kings, one extra squad from the South African side, would be joining the expanded challenge, as per the announcements from SANZAR.

“It’s an immense pleasure for us to welcome JRFU & UAR, who would be joining Southern Kings as 2016 Super Rugby preps up extend into an exciting and bo9ld new era”, stated Greg Peters, the CEO for SANZAR.

“As top ten ranked rugby countries with well established stellar performances & more than 100 000 rugby players from each side, there isn’t any doubt about Argentina and Japan’s rugby passion & readiness for the very sport.”

The squads from Argentina and Japan would play in South African pool & would be placed in the opposing conferences that are waiting for approval from the General Council of South African Rugby Union.

Argentina’s national rugby squad have already taken part in the Rugby Championship of southern hemisphere but a joining in this provincial championship would beget even more worth for the team.

“Playing in Rugby Championship, certainly, was very crucial for the process yet we still required this final & the major step of establishing an Argentina franchise in super Rugby which is definitely the top tournament of the rugby world. This will lead us from grassroots to pro level game”, remarked Agustin Pichot, a senior member from Argentina World Rugby Council.