Argentina lose Hernandez for Autumn Tests

2007 Rugby World Cup semi-finalists Argentina have suffered a blow ahead of their three November tests in Europe on Sunday as it was revealed their star player Juan Martin Hernandez would not be fit.

The 28-year-old 32-times capped fly-half – known as the ‘magic man’ – has not fully recovered from a right leg strain he suffered playing for his French club Racing-Metro against La Rochelle on September 11.

Hernandez has barely played in the past year, having failed to appear for the Super Rugby South African side Sharks because of a back injury and then suffered the leg injury just a fortnight after returning to action.

Argentina kick-off their test matches against Italy on November 13 in Verona, then play old rivals France a week later in Montpellier and round them off against Ireland on November 28 in Dublin.


Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Toulouse/FRA), Marcos Ayerza (Leicester/ENG), Manuel Carizza (Biarritz/FRA), Agustin Creevy (Clermont/FRA), Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon/FRA), Genaro Fessia (Cordoba), Juan Figallo (Montpellier/FRA), Mariano Galarza (Leinster/IRL), Alvaro Galindo (Racing-Metro/FRA), Eusebio Guinazu (Biarritz/FRA), Santiago Guzman (Tucuman), Mario Ledesma (Clermont/FRA), Esteban Lozada (Edinburgh/SCO), Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Francais/FRA), Martin Scelzo (Clermont/FRA)

Backs: Horacio Agulla (Leicester/ENG), Lucas Borges (Albi/FRA), Marcelo Bosch (Biarritz/FRA), Martin Bustos Moyano (Montpellier/FRA), Gonzalo Camacho (Harlequins/ENG), Rafael Carballo (Bordeaux-Begles/FRA), Felipe Contepomi (Toulon/FRA), Miguel De Achaval (Asociacion Alumni), Santiago Fernandez (Montpellier/FRA), Agustin Figuerola (Brive/FRA), Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Leicester/ENG), Alfredo Lalanne (London Irish/ENG), Martin Rodriguez (Stade Francais/FRA), Gonzalo Tiesi (Stade Francais/FRA), Nicolas Vergallo (Toulouse/FRA)

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