Contepomi out of Ireland match

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi will miss Saturday’s international against Ireland because of a hand infection, RTE, Ireland’s national public broadcaster, reported Monday.


“The captain of the national team will be unable to play against Ireland on Saturday,” it quoted Pumas doctor Guillermo Botto as saying.


“Felipe Contepomi is suffering from an infection as a result of a cut on his right hand,” Botto added.


“Because of this infection, he underwent a drainage and cleaning at St Vincent’s University Hospital.”


Contepomi, who plays his club rugby for Dublin-based province Leinster, can feature at either centre or outside-half.


A star of the Pumas side which knocked Ireland out of last year’s World Cup on the way to finishing in third place, Contepomi suffered the cut to his hand before Argentina began their European tour.


However, he still played in the 12-6 defeat in France on November 8 and last weekend’s 22-14 win over Italy.


Argentina coach Santiago Phelan is yet to confirm who will replace Contepomi in the team or who will captain the side in his absence.


The Pumas are currently fourth in the world rankings. If they are still in the top four by the time of next month’s 2011 World Cup draw in London, they will avoid reigning champions South Africa, hosts New Zealand and Australia in the pool phase of that tournament.


Sapa-AFP – Rugbyweek.com

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