Hernandez rested for All Black clash

Date published: July 9 2015

Juan Martín Hernández was a surprise omission from Argentina's 28-man squad that will kick off the Rugby Championship in New Zealand.

The Pumas star was left out by coach Daniel Hourcade, who admitted the Rugby Championship will be used as a preparation for the World Cup and that some players were being rested in order to avoid injuries.

Hernández, who featured regularly for Toulon at the end of the Top 14 season is one of those to miss out, with Nicolas Sánchez, Juan Pablo Socino and Santiago González Iglesias providing the options at fly-half. Tomás Lavanini, Pablo Matera and Leonardo Senatore will also miss the clash with the All Blacks.

"We are following the plan we had set out and picking based on how each player is," said Hourcade.

"We have an individual plan, there are players who are in a preparation period and others with niggles and we don't want to risk them, so it was down to this, the minutes played and the recovery time from the end of the season that we picked the squad.

"After the game against New Zealand we'll meet back up in Buenos Aires for three days and then we'll decide on the squad for Australia, continuing to manage the minutes, and rotate players so they arrive at the World Cup with the right number of games, but still being conscious of the fact we are taking on three global powers. We have to make sure the team is strong, but also follow the plan we've laid out."

Argentina squad for New Zealand:

Horacio Agulla, Matías Alemanno, Marcos Ayerza, Marcelo Bosch, Manuel Carizza, Santiago Cordero, Agustín Creevy, Tomás Cubelli, Jerónimo De la Fuente, Matías Díaz, Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, Lucas González Amorosino, Santiago González Iglesias, Ramiro Herrera, Juan Imhoff, Facundo Isa, Martín Landajo, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Benjamin Macome, Julián Montoya, Matías Moroni, Lucas Noguera, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nicolás Sánchez, Juan Pablo Socino, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquín Tuculet