Jun 29, 2015
Bosch & Figallo called-up by Argentina
Saracens' centre Marcelo Bosch (33 caps) and tighthead prop Juan Figallo (22 caps) have been included in Argentina’s 36-man squad for the Rugby Championship.
The Argentine pair arrived in Sydney with the rest of the Los Pumas squad over the weekend as part of Daniel Hourcade’s touring party.
On the upcoming Championship, Saracens’ cannon-booted centre Marcelo Bosch said: “It's always nice to get a call to be the selected, so I'm really keen to begin our preparation with this tight-knit squad.
“Above all, being able to wear the shirt of Los Pumas is something that makes us all very happy.”
[caption id="attachment_41522" align="alignnone" width="750"] Bosch is looking to add to his 33 caps for his country[/caption]
Juan Figallo: "“I’m very happy to be back involved. On the one hand I can pass on my experience to the younger ones, but at the time I'm in a new phase, after a long absence from the National Team. I’m very excited and eager to give one hundred percent. "
The group will head to Sydney on Saturday ahead of a friendly clash against Randwick on July 9 before their opening Rugby Championship match against New Zealand in Christchurch on July 17.
"Our preparation will be different from the past because we have games in a short space of time," said Los Pumas Coach, Hourcade.
[caption id="attachment_41523" align="alignnone" width="750"] Figallo won his last cap for Argentina v New Zealand at La Plata, Sep 28, 2013[/caption]
"The players who come from Europe have had a higher workload, so for physical training they will have personalised programmes, but when it comes to the rugby, they will work alongside the rest of the group because in three weeks we will play against the All Blacks.
"The idea of this training camp is to prepare for the World Cup in the best way possible way so perhaps we will switch our team around depending on game time of each player.
"For the matches against South Africa, we will try to line up the team we are thinking of for the World Cup."