Rugby World Cup winning coach Sir Graham Henry has confirmed he would love to continue his role as a mentor figure with the Argentina Rugby Team in this year’s Rugby Championship.
The World Cup winner raised several eyebrows last year when he decided leave his position as the coach of the New Zealand rugby team to take charge of the Argentine national team as a mentor figure to the team’s young coach Santiago Phelan. The move came barely a year after a he had won the title with the All Blacks on home soil.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club the London Welsh has completed the signing of Gonzalo Tiesi, the international centre for the Argentina Rugby Team to strengthen their options.
The 27 year old Tiesi has vast experience of playing in the Aviva Premiership before, having played in the division before with the likes of Harlequins FC as well as the London Welsh and was recalled into the national team of the Pumas for the autumn internationals of last year, having impressed with his performances for the local Buenos Aires club San Isidro Club.
Aviva Premiership Rugby Union club the London Welsh have completed the signing of versatile Argentine international forward Julio Farias Cabello. The Exiles have signed the versatile player from his club Tucuman.
The 34 year old forward has earned 19 caps for The Pumas in international rugby competitions and he was an ever present figure for the team in the country’s first ever campaign in the Rugby Championships last year. The signing of the Argentine signals the intentions of the newly promoted club to the Aviva Premiership about their plans for the future.
In Dublin at the Aviva Stadium, the crowd witnessed the crushing of the Argentina Rugby team by the team of Ireland. At the end of the match, the score was a jaw dropping 46-24 that revealed that the Pumas had really weakened to a great extent.
Steve Hansen, the coach of the New Zealand Rugby Team and his captain Richie McCaw were extremely loud and effusive in their praise for the defensive play and aggression demonstrated by the Argentina Rugby Team during their Rugby Championship match on Saturday, the 8th of September as The All Blacks stuttered and struggled before finally putting the game to rest in the last quarter of an hour of the match.
The national team of argentina rugby, which has a very striking nickname of Los Pumas, is well known for their performances worldwide. The team is well organized by the Argentina Rugby Union and represents their country in all the union matches with white and sky blue jerseys just like the soccer team.
There has been a lot of talk regarding the future of the Argentina Rugby Team when they take part in the Rugby Championship, stated to take place in August. Many people already have doubts if The Pumas will have their best players available to them and whether they will become the whipping boys of the competition.
Moreover, there are also doubts whether they will be able to sell rugby as a sport to a nation that is known to be crazy about football and swears by their football superstars.
Argentina Rugby team faced a harrowing defeat against New Zealander All Blacks on the 19th of February.
Felipe Contepomi said that in spite of losing to New Zealand miserably, the Argentina rugby team can leave the country without any shame because they have given their best.
At a press conference, Contepomi showed sign of exhaustion. He looked like a general who had failed to win a difficult battle even after giving all his best. He said that Argentina gave all their best but New Zealand was just better than them on the field.
Graham Henry will take an advisory role with the Argentine Rugby team ahead of their participation in the Rugby Championships later this year.
The UAR has signed Henry up as a consultant to assist the mission to improve the Argentine’s coaching and high performance centres.
Henry guided New Zealand to their second World Cup last year and left that role after the tournament to take on new challenges.
Argentina Rugby team was thrashed by the All Blacks miserably into submission on Sunday.
Their captain, Felipe Contepomi commented saying that Argentina can leave the country with their heads held high even though they lost miserably to the in form All Blacks.
The captain bore all the signs of a hard fought battle in the press conference after the match and told the reporters that even though they defended against the New Zealand with all their might, they just kept coming at them with renewed vigour.