Five debutants for Argentina in Dubai

Date published: November 24 2015 - Editor

Argentina head coach Santiago Gómez Cora has named five World Rugby Sevens Series debutants in his squad for the season opener in Dubai.

Renzo Barbier, Joaquín Riera, Santiago Resino, Sebastián Cancelliere and Bautista Ezcurra all come into a group captained by Fernando Luna.

Seven of the squad who claimed a silver medal at this year's Pan American Games in Toronto have been picked by head coach Gomez Cora.

"We are well prepared and the arrival of new players has strengthened the team," said Luna when speaking to the World Rugby Sevens' website.

"We go into the series with high expectations and the desire to fight to get to the top.

"Obviously the Olympics is the long-term goal but much importance will be given to the series so that we can go to Rio having climbed up the rankings and in the best possible shape."

On facing Fiji, Canada and Japan in Pool A in Dubai, Luna added: "It's a tough group. We've got the champions, a Canadian team that's been strong for several years and Japan who continue to grow in sevens. All three games will be physically tough but if we maintain a good defence we'll be able to qualify."

Argentina: Santiago Alvarez, Renzo Barbier, Sebastian Cancelliere, Rodrigo Etchart, Bautista Ezcurra, Fernando Luna, Axel Muller, Santiago Resino, Gaston Revol, Joaquin Riera, Franco Sabato, German Schulz.