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Argentina deny split in the camp & focus on England


Juan Manuel Leguizamon has played down a split in the Argentina camp

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Article Published: Tuesday 5 November 2013


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."

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 4 3 0 1 105 51 54 2 16
2. South Africa 4 2 2 0 79 75 4 2 10
3. Australia 4 2 1 1 88 111 -23 0 10
4. Argentina 4 0 4 0 71 106 -35 3 3
                     
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