Hourcade names Argentina Rugby World Cup squad

Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade pulled no real surprises in naming his
31-man for the upcoming Rugby World Cup in England.

Star players Juan Imhoff, Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Fernandez Lobbe and Marcelo
Bosch were all included in the final squad.

Hourcade dropped seven players from the squad that participated at the Rugby
Championship which Argentina ended with a first ever victory over South Africa.

Racing Metro lock Manuel Carizza and Saracens prop Juan Figallo were amongst
those to miss out.

The Pumas concluded their World Cup preparation with a 26-12 home defeat to
the Springboks on Saturday, just a week after their historic win in Durban.

The players will have two weeks off before leaving for London on August 31.

They will also take part in a training camp in Portugal before their opening
match of the tournament against holders New Zealand on September 20.

Argentina, who are favourites to qualify from Pool C alongside the All Blacks,
will be hoping to emulate their previous best World Cup performance, third place
in 2007.

Argentina World Cup squad:

Forwards: Matias Alemanno (La Tablada), Marcos Ayerza (Leicester, ENG), Agustin
Creevy, Matias Diaz, Juan Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon, FRA), Ramiro Herrera, Facundo
Isa (Santiago Lawn Tennis), Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera,
Julian Montoya (Newman), Lucas Noguera Paz (Lince Tucuman), Javier Ortega (Estudiantes
Parana), Guido Petti (San Isidro Club), Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Backs: Horacio Agulla (Bath, ENG), Marcelo Bosch (Sarecens, ENG), Santiago
Cordero (Regatas), Tomas Cubelli (Belgrano), Jeronimo De La Fuente (Duendes
Rosario), Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias (Alumni), Juan
Martin Hernandez, Juan Imhoff (Racing Metro, FRA), Martin Landajo (CA San Isidro),
Matias Moroni (Cuba), Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Pablo Socino (Newcastle, ENG), Joaquin

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