Argentina deny split in the camp & focus on England

Argentina captain Juan Manuel Leguizamon has denied that there is a split in
the Pumas team ahead of their test match against England at Twickenham.

Argentina have struggled since joining the Rugby Championship with Australia,
New Zealand and South Africa last year.

They have yet to win a match in the Championship but did secure a draw against
South Africa last year at home.

There have been reports that ‘player power’ had led to the recent resignation
of coach Santiago Phelan and his replacement by Daniel Hourcade.

Argentina also finished bottom of the Rugby Championship again this year after finding life
tough against the established southern hemisphere powers of world champions
New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

Now they will head to Twickenham without two injured stars in Juan Martin
Hernandez and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe but 30-year-old backrow forward Leguizamon
insisted the Pumas were focused on the task at hand.

“The team is very tight and our objectives are clear. People are talking
about that, but we don’t care,” he said at the squad’s London hotel.

“Sometimes you have new coaches and you have to adapt yourself to the
situation.

“We are all professional players and we must adapt ourselves as quickly
as possible to the new system.

“There aren’t many changes, so that makes things easier for the team.”

Leguizamon, tour skipper after Lobbe was ruled out of all three matches with
a broken elbow, added: “I’m very proud. It’s a big thing for me to be captain
for this tour.

“Being captain of my country is something very big, but now we are focused
on the job we have to do.

“We are playing one of the best teams in the world. We have to be ready
for that.”

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