Landajo: ‘Hourcade nomination deserved’

Date published: October 29 2015

Daniel Hourcade's nomination for Coach of the Year is reward for all the coaching staff according to scrum-half Martín Landajo.%u200B

World Rugby revealed the four coaches nominated for the award, with Pumas boss Hourcade joining Steve Hansen, Michael Cheika and Japan's departing coach Eddie Jones.

Hourcade has been credited with transforming the Pumas from a forward-orientated side to a more all-round team, and Landajo was delighted for his coach to get such recognition.

"I've been working with Daniel Hourcade for five years already," said Landajo. 

"It's not just Daniel, it's all the coaching staff. He doesn't work alone. It's well deserved that he has that opportunity. 

"He brings us confidence. He has confidence that we can play good rugby. 

"The best thing he has done to us is change our heads and talk about that."

Argentina finish their tournament in the third place play-off on Friday, taking on the Springboks at the Olympic Stadium.

Assistant coach Raúl Perez believes the game will be won up front as Argentina look to build on their first-ever win against South Africa, in Durban in the Rugby Championship.

"The forward battle will be fundamental," he said. 

"Both teams are strong, both South Africa and Argentina are very good teams, not just in the set-piece. 

"Our forwards need to play really well, but in attack we have other resources as we have shown during the World Cup. 

"Our defenders will have to try to stop the forwards but we have other resources and we'll show this."