Argentina will be seeking to make its mark on Rugby Championship of this year after playing a disappointing game in 2017 so far.
In Argentina, the team is looking at the state of play at ahead of the Rugby Championship 2017.
Argentina is going into the Rugby Championship of 2017 on the two defeats to back of the less powerful England side; it has left them with a single win in 10 tests after the team beat South Africa 12 months back.
In spite of not recording a win against the men of Eddie Jones in the summer, the positives still exist for the team Pumas. According to the experts, it took a late try to undo the replacement of Denny Solomona in San Juan, -in-front of a youthful England, who was once pushed by the Pumas, all the way and who survived on the raucous atmosphere, which was generated by the crowd of near-capacity 29,750 in Santa Fe at Estadio CA Colon a week later.
For Argentina, Juan Martin Hernandez is on the attack
A subsequent win 45-29 over Georgia probably have increased the confidence, however, men of Daniel Hourcade will be all too aware to play a much stiffer test that anticipates them.
Jaguares all start to step up
After a not so happening debut campaign that saw the team to secure just four wins out of 15 fixtures, yielding 427 points the team Jaguares failed to start on after impressing in the competition’s early stages.
Although the position of the team has improved from 13th 10th on the overall table, still plenty of similarities can be seen in their campaign 2016 which once again hampered the team’s impact on the competition. However, positive hopes of the team are still there.
For the All Blacks game against the Argentina Rugby team scheduled to hold sometime in September, it is expected that the Yarrow Stadium’s new hospitality centre would be ready in time for use.
The hospitality centre which costs a whopping $2,350,000 to complete is fitted with food and beverage facilities as well as a kitchen. However, the cost has increased to no less than $200,000 afterissues were discovered with the guttering.
The money for this will come from other projects and the place is expected to be finished by mid-August. There is also a proposed upgrade for the Legends Lounge which is still being put into consideration.
Michael Joyce who doubles as the Taranaki regional councillor as well as the Yarrow Stadium joint committee chairman noted that a decision was yet to be taken on the projects to be embarked on and those to be dropped.
“It means we have to rejig the priority for spending going forward. We have a long term budget under our asset management plan and unfortunately something else will have to wait to make way for this expenditure.” He said.
“Unfortunately this happens sometimes with these sorts of projects. You start uncovering what is hidden, as it was in this case, and you find the odd issue.” Joyce added.
He also hopes that the new hospitality centre would be an enhancement to the facility while also helping to attract more of these kinds of games to the stadium.
For the game holding in September, the tickets will go on sale from Thursday, June 29 to the general public. For the adults, prices start at $50 while for children, it is $30. It ranges between $100 in the stands for an uncovered seat and $140 for a covered seat.
The rugby 7s were being played in which Argentina was victorious in the game against Canada.
The latter did put up a good defense which resulted in Argentina winning with a score of 12-5. The game was held on March 12th in Vancouver. This was during the quarter final of the World Rugby Sevens Series. There was much action to witness between the two teams. For instance the way John Moonlight tackled Bautista Delguy of Argentina. However the Canadian team did well and they walked off as heroes as they finished in ninth position. This is the home tournament that had been inaugurated last year.
There was a setback that the Canadian team experienced which put them in the consolation round, but the squad was able to rebound to have five straight wins last year. However, this year the Canada Sevens team was unable to put up a similar performance and the game against Argentina also set back their performance.
When the two teams got on the field Argentina was facing a worn down Canadian side. The game took place at B.C. Place Stadium where the home team was sent packing. However the team did not give up easily as the score shows.
However, their lack of depth or perseverance was apparent from the game. Argentina was a difficult team to beat and that might have brought down the Canadian team when they had already struggled with previous defeats in this league.
Argentina has definitely gained a better form and that is what might be needed if they wish to defeat England in the upcoming Test tour that is about to take place. Argentina has performed well in the Super Sevens and that will surely keep the spirits of the fans high for the upcoming matches.
Joe Schmidt had in 2016, handed debuts to about 18 players as Ireland pushed to make a rebound from a deflating Six Nations campaign, thus going on to record several victories over the big three of the southern hemisphere before the year came to an end.
Joe McDonnell, a veteran coach believes that Conan is made for bigger and better things.
“With Jack, on the pitch, he always seemed to be in the right place. Myself and Tony Ward both saw the talent in him straight away.
“He had a nose for the ball, so we brought him into the squad, even though he was only 16. That was quite a good side we had and they went on to win the league three years in a row,” he said.
The Argentinean rugby union team will be facing strong favorites and world cup winners New Zealand in the 2016 Rugby Championships to be held on Sunday on 2nd October.
The All Blacks team is in great form of late and has won their last 6 matches convincingly. They even had the upper hand over Argentina when they last met on 10th September for the Rugby Championships in New Zealand.
Argentina also has a poor record against The All Blacks, but this is not deterring them to perform better on the game day.
The Argentinean team is preparing hard and is sweating it out in the practice field in order to put up a good show against the mighty New Zealand side. They were beaten pretty badly last time by All Blacks with a score line of 57-22. Argentinean side does not want a repeat of the last match and want to give a very tough fight to the New Zealand team at the outset. The team is currently in the 4th position of the Rugby Championships table with 5 points out of 4 games. New Zealand stay perched on top of the standings with 4 wins out of 4 games.
The fact that the Pumas will be competing against the mighty All Blacks on home soil will give them the much needed energy and enthusiasm to perform at their best. The team wants to give their best shot and try to win over the All Blacks and thereby hand New Zealand their first defeat of the Championship. Argentina’s recent form does not have a pretty good reading with just 2 wins in their last 6 outings. They put up a spirited show against Australia in the last Rugby Championship match and will be hoping to improve on that performance when they clash against New Zealand on October 2.
Argentina has been flying high in the U20 world rugby championship.
Ireland has not been behind. As a result both the teams are set to be part of the semi finals this weekend. You would have found the Ireland team playing well in the pool stages. The Ireland team has played well from the beginning, especially in the win that they garnered against the New Zealand team. That was not the end of the encounter. Their last match against Georgia was impressive as well.
Argentina on the other hand, was instrumental in gaining advantage in Pool B where they played. They gained a total of 13 points, having beaten teams like Japan, South Africa and France. As a result they will be coming face to face to the Irish team in the semi finals that will be held in the forthcoming Monday.
If you have been following the Under20 matches that have been going on, you woujld have witnessed the game bwtween Georgia and Ireland where the latter defeated the former team at a score of 35-7. It has borught them face to face with Argentina who would be in the semi finals as well.
The pool stages come to a close in Manchester and Ireland was able to showcase a win over New Zealand that was done superbly. Their opponents, Georgia, had been a spirited team. However they quickly discovered that they were on the disadvantage as their opponent team was superior.
However, Georgia did put up a good front with players like Andrew Porter, Hugo Keenan and others who tried to hold off. They were unable to hold off the win of the Irish team at the end. Argentina on the other hand, has been high flying in this tournament. Many are hopeful that their performance will be put up to the end.
For Argentina rugby fans, there is an upcoming repeat match of Argentina facing Australia again at Twickenham.
The coincidence of the same venue and nearly the same period of the year for the game are hard to miss by the fans. The championship games will start from August and Argentina will be hosting Australia on October 8th at Twickenham. It would certainly be a novel move on the part of the authorities who have decided on this venue which is outside the usual venues for this game; mainly it is countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina are hosting the game. This time, the venue indicates a move up the equator and not at any venue which is to the south of the equator.
The London venue also has significances for the game. It was the same venue where both teams played the semi finals for the Rugby World Cup. Here the Wallabies had gained victory over Argentina, scoring about 29-15. There would be two other opponents of the Rugby Championship, which includes world champions South Africa and New Zealand. They were the same teams that made it to the semi finals last year. It is definitely becoming a trend for these countries to rise on top when it comes to international rugby. England is also getting there, but has to get a consistent performance in all the competitions.
For both teams there is much to look forward to. There is a growing base of fans for the Argentina and the Australian team in London. That might be one of the reasons the SANZAAR organizers chose this venue to the place where both teams will meet again, nearly a year from the last time they played against each other. Fans would be looking forward to an intense match between the two countries.
All Blacks skipper Richie McCaw has blasted suggestions that domestic rugby is an afterthought for many New Zealand players and that they are just going through the motions just for the sake of it.
The Kiwi has admitted that he has not been able to get back to performing at his best, having played 503 minutes in nine games for the Crusaders, who currently sit at fourth in the New Zealand conference. However, he added that it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about the Super Rugby anymore.
He sat down for an interview recently where he said that he knows he has not been playing up to the high standards he has set for himself and that is the same for a number of players in the squad, but mentioned that it is difficult to have an impact going backwards and for the last few weeks, he hasn’t had the impact he hoped he would have.
And denying claims that Super Rugby is not important for the All Blacks players anymore, McCaw said that if anyone went ahead and asked the players or just saw them in training, they would know how much the players are hurting and how much effort they are putting in to rectify the situation. He mentioned that these payers are proud men, proud of what they have achieved in the game and they don’t just want to go through the motions.
According to Richie McCaw, all of them want to go out there and give it their best week in and week out but in a sport as rugby, it becomes difficult to do. Playing 12 months at the peak of one’s game is difficult and once in a while, everyone has to realise that and McCaw hopes the player will perform soon as well.
The Argentina Rugby squad have been quite a great addition in Rugby Championship. The great Pumas have been doing incredibly well with win in one match, draw in another & are moving closer to plenty of fantastic performances in near future.
However, according to experts, albeit the Argentine team is gathering kudos for honest graft & endeavor, yet they are not a sexy squad. It’s unfortunate they fare miserably when it comes to the glamour quotient. In case, Samoa were there, they possibly won’t be as competitive yet that would have been largely easier for getting the Kiwis interested.
It’s the especially the language issue which is creating barrier between the New Zealanders and Argentina and it seems that the Argentine team’s language does not interest the Kiwis.
Looking at the rugby perspective, the lion’s share of the Argentine squad is based in the European continent. They are working fine. However, according to latest reports, in 2016, players aspiring to play at Pumas would have to have their base in Argentina.
The UAR (Argentina Rugby Union) are about to run & fund Super Rugby squad that would effectively be Pumas in camouflage in between February & August & then Pumas not-in-camouflage for the remaining time.
That is a big risk. A great share of Pumas who are settled in Europe are really well paid. There’re reports that UAR came up with a surplus value of US$17 mn in 2014 that would be really lucrative to attract talent. However, there is this concern that no matter whatever camouflage the Pumas take to the coming year, they have high chances to get outclassed from both tournaments.
The scene is not anyhow encouraging in Nippon, or Singapore, where Nippon squad have forwarded their desire to play matches.
Rugby Football Union Championship club Bristol Rugby have announced the signing of former England flanker Tom Varndell on a two year deal from the Aviva Premiership Rugby Football Union club Wasps RUFC ahead of the new season.
The 29 year old spent six years at the Premiership giants and was one of their star players as they went from mediocrity following success in the early 2000s to stabilising again when Dai Young took over as the new head coach.
Varndell has also played for the Leicester Tigers and he has scored 81 tries in 166 appearances in the Aviva Premiership for the two clubs.
He joined the Wasps RUFC in 2009 and during his stint with the club, has scored 70 tries in just 125 games for the club in what is a very decent record for a wing player.
Varndell also has three tries for the England team, the last of which came in 2008.
Varndell will link up with his new side ahead of the new season following the conclusion of the Rugby World Cup and Andy Robinson, the Director of Rugby at Bristol Rugby, has hailed the signing of the speedy back as a huge transfer coup.
He said that the club is delighted to have been able to sign for the new season, adding that he has proven his mettle as a try scorer in the Premiership and he thinks he will thrive for his new club.
Robinson went on to add that he is one of the quickest players in world rugby at this time and the style that they are developing at Bristol Rugby will suit him perfectly.
Speaking about his move, Varndell said that he is an ambitious man and he thinks the new vision of Bristol Rugby will be worth the risk.