Argentina boss Daniel Hourcade is backing his men to shine in the Rugby Championship, starting at Loftus Versfeld against South Africa.
Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade is confident his team can impress in the 2014 Rugby Championship, with their campaign kicking off in South Africa.
Hourcade named a 26-man squad that will travel to the Republic for their match against the Boks on Saturday, August 16, led by Agustin Creevy.
And despite six defeats from six in 2013's event, the coach believes his group that includes former skippers Juan Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamon along with the likes of Juan Imhoff, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez and Marcos Ayerza, will do their country proud.
“Playing against South Africa as visitors will be tough, but the key will be to not let them be comfortable, tackle low and not let them play…I have a lot of confidence in the team,” Hourcade told Reuters before captain and hooker Creevy added his own words ahead of tackling the Boks.
“I'm aiming for the team to play the best possible rugby to keep growing as a team ahead of the World Cup next year,” said the 29-year-old.
“We'll always go out to win.”
Backs: Joaquin Tuculet, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Manuel Montero, Horacio Agulla, Juan Imhoff, Marcelo Bosch, Nicolas Sanchez, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Juan Martin Hernandez, Martin Landajo, Tomas Cubelli
Forwards: Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Leonardo Senatore, Rodrigo Baez, Tomas Lavanini, Mariano Galarza, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Ayerza, Ramiro Herrera, Lucas Noguera Paz, Bruno Postiglioni, Nuhuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matias Cortese, Agustin Creevy (captain)