Cubelli excited for Argentina’s Twickenham return

Date published: July 21 2016

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Argentina are ready to light up London again when they take on Australia in the first Rugby Championship match staged in the Northern Hemisphere.

The Pumas played a starring role in the 2015 World Cup until their adventurous approach was halted in the semi-finals by the Wallabies. The sides meet again at Twickenham on October 8 in the final round of the tournament

They will continue to attack according to Tomás Cubelli, the scrum half in red-hot form for the Brumbies in Super Rugby this year.

“In the last weeks of the World Cup when I was going to the shops people noticed my accent, asked where I was from and when I said I was here playing for Argentina everyone said they loved to watch us,” said Cubelli.

“After England went out everyone seemed to be cheering for Argentina, maybe because we were the underdogs.

“The style of play was something we had been working on and we reached our potential with it in the World Cup. But I think we can add more things to our game now as a team and as individual players.

“We know each other well, spend time together and now the Jaguares have started to play in Super Rugby that helps as well but we still have a long way to go.

“We learned a lot from that game [against Australia]. The good thing is that we went out with a lot of conviction and played the semi final in the same style and tried to attack without hesitating. The one big lesson for the team was that we have to add some balance.”

Cubelli and his Brumbies teammates like David Pocock, Stephen Moore and Tevita Kuridrani face the Highlanders in Canberra on Friday in the Super Rugby play-offs.

“The season has been exciting and a great step forward for my rugby but the Highlanders are Super Rugby Champions and we know we will have to be at our best,” he said.

The 27 year-old has been at his best, too, this season and praised for a running game “far superior to anyone that we’ve seen at the Brumbies. Ever,” according to head coach Stephen Larkham.

It’s the sort of praise that sees him linked with a move to the Northern Hemisphere next year. “There are great clubs in Europe but at the moment I won’t be distracted by that,” he added.

After Super Rugby finishes on August 6, Cubelli and Pumas stars like Santiago Cordero, Juan Imhoff and Nicolás Sanchez will be back in the international spotlight when The Rugby Championship kicks off against South Africa on August 20.

Their campaign concludes at Twickenham when they face 2015 Rugby Championship winners Australia.

“Twickenham will be an unforgettable game that will be memorable for everyone,” said Cubelli. It’s a special field for anyone who plays rugby. For two nations who aren’t England playing at Twickenham it’s an exciting thing to be involved in.”

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