Pumas to pick home players only

Date published: November 21 2014

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Argentina will only pick home-based players from 2016 according to Daniel Hourcade following the creation of a Super Rugby team.

Argentina will only pick home-based players from 2016 according to Daniel Hourcade following the creation of a Super Rugby team.

The head coach of los Pumas told the Midi Olympique that Argentina would follow the example of Australia and New Zealand by only selecting players who play at home.

It would be a major change for Argentina, who have previously selected teams dominated by players who ply their trade in Europe, and will require a lot of players to leave their European contracts to sign for the Argentinian franchise.

However Hourcade explained that there would be no exceptions and players would have to choose between money and playing for their national team.

“Until last year 90% of Pumas played in Europe,” Hourcade told the Midi Olympique.

“The Argentinian franchise which will join Super Rugby in 2016, will therefore change things. The aim is to bring all our internationals back home.

“The rule will be the following: Any player who plays outside Argentina will not be able to wear the Puma jersey.

“Argentina will follow the Australian and New Zealand policy.

“The players are free to choose between the money and the jersey.”

It’s a major step for Argentina, who have named a starting lineup featuring ten European-based players for Saturday’s clash with France.

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