Contepomi respects England

Date published: June 7 2013

Pumas veteran Felipe Contepomi is eager to once again defeat the “fathers of rugby” when his men take on England in Salta on Saturday.

Argentina's veteran playmaker Felipe Contepomi is keen to once again beat the “fathers of rugby” when his team takes on England in Salta on Saturday.

Contepomi was part of the side that beat England at Twickenham in 2006 and the 35-year-old is eager for a repeat against a side he respects.

“For us it is very simple. England is where rugby was born. They are the fathers of this sport,” Contepomi told Sky Sports ahead of Saturday.

“We have huge respect. They have always been a rugby nation we have copied. When we play England we are playing the inventors of this sport. They are the team with the biggest history.

“You always want always to beat them. Winning at Twickenham was huge because it was the only time we have beaten England in England. Twickenham is the cathedral of rugby. It gave us a lot of self-belief and then it happened a year later in the World Cup.”