In the spirit of an event that brings all global enthusiasts to celebrate the oval shaped craze, we bring to you a subtle fact file of each of the teams as we continue to countdown to the Rugby world cup 2019 ~ first up; Argentina.
The Los Pumas are the strongest export of the game from Southern America and will particularly have something grand to say about this year’s tournament if the form of their super rugby franchise is anything to go by, not to mention the addition of some big name players plying their trade in Europe.
They are currently ranked 11th in the world and their highest finish in a rugby world cup tournament was at the semi final stage twice in 2007 and 2015; the latter sealing a statement of dominance by the southern hemisphere powers boasting of all four semi final slots.
They begin their Rugby world cup campaign against France in Pool C in which they are joined by heavy weights England as well as USA and Tonga to make the 5 teams from what is the stubbornest of groups.
Argentina has claimed particular popularity from rugby despite being predominantly football oriented with soccer being close to a religion in the country. Rugby has proudly made Argentina a name as well and no man has highlighted their rise more than the great Felipe Contepomi.
This time round, the Los Pumas will be led by Agustin Creevy who will be key in inspiring a team whose self belief grows by the day. The players one ought to look out for are Nicholas Sanchez whose wealth of experience from Super rugby and Europe is valuable as well as the instinct of Bautista Del Guy. They are also joined by Juan Manuel Leguzamon who features in his fourth world cup.
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Credit to world rugby and Los Pumas for images and information.