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Jul 26, 2015

Rugby-Pumas fail to match up to their Australian role models

July 26 (Reuters) – Argentina have two big matches left against South Africa to prove they can make an impression when they meet world champions New Zealand in their World Cup Pool C opener on Sept. 20.

The Pumas, who wilted in the final minutes to lose 34-9 to Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, continue to look for the complete performance, showing skill and competitiveness in some areas but failing short in others.

Jul 24, 2015

Rugby-Pumas will not be swayed from attack by mistakes

July 24 (Reuters) – Argentina’s last meeting with Australia, in which they notched their first Rugby Championship win nine months ago, will be foremost in both teams’ minds when they clash again at the same Mendoza venue on Saturday.

For the Wallabies, boosted by their 24-20 win over South Africa in Brisbane last weekend, it will be a matter of setting the record straight.

Jul 19, 2015

Soccer-Calleri “rabona” sets up Boca win on Tevez return

July 19 (Reuters) – Striker Jonathan Calleri chipped a brilliant “rabona” as Boca Juniors marked Carlos Tevez’s homecoming with a 2-1 victory over Quilmes at La Bombonera to stay top of the Argentine championship.

Calleri, executing the rabona by wrapping his right leg round behind his left to chip over goalkeeper Walter Benitez, scored in the 53rd minute of Saturday’s match.

Jul 14, 2015

Rugby-Argentina to bank on Super Rugby core

July 14 (Reuters) – Argentina’s future is expected to be on display in the Rugby Championship with the country preparing for their debut next year in an extended Super Rugby competition that is only likely to enhance the national side.

Five of the six players that could make their Rugby Championship debuts when the Pumas meet New Zealand in Christchurch on Friday are among a growing number who have signed contracts with the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) to be a part of the country’s new Super Rugby franchise next year.

Jul 12, 2015

Preview: River fret over lack of goals ahead of Guarani clash

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – River Plate, with one goal in three domestic matches in the last nine days, resume their quest for a third Libertadores Cup at home to Paraguay’s Guarani in Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg (0000 GMT).

The teams have had a long time to prepare for the clash having won their quarter-final ties at the end of May before a break for the Copa America.

Jul 12, 2015

Soccer-River fret over lack of goals ahead of Guarani clash

July 12 (Reuters) – River Plate, with one goal in three domestic matches in the last nine days, resume their quest for a third Libertadores Cup at home to Paraguay’s Guarani in Tuesday’s semi-final, first leg (0000 GMT).

The teams have had a long time to prepare for the clash having won their quarter-final ties at the end of May before a break for the Copa America.

Jul 9, 2015

Rugby-Argentina call on veterans for championship opener

July 9 (Reuters) – Veteran Argentina back rowers Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamon were named in a 28-man squad for next week’s Rugby Championship clash with New Zealand.

Two other survivors from the 2007 and 2011 World Cups, wing Horacio Agulla and prop Marcos Ayerza, were also selected on Thursday fortheir July 17 tournament opener in Christchurch.

Jul 5, 2015

Argentina’s search for elusive final key continues

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa says you learn more from defeat than victory.

So Chile will be eternally grateful to the Argentine for having sowed the seeds of their first Copa America triumph, carried through by his disciple and compatriot Jorge Sampaoli.

Jul 5, 2015

Soccer-Argentina’s search for elusive final key continues

July 5 (Reuters) – Former Argentina and Chile coach Marcelo Bielsa says you learn more from defeat than victory.

So Chile will be eternally grateful to the Argentine for having sowed the seeds of their first Copa America triumph, carried through by his disciple and compatriot Jorge Sampaoli.

Jul 3, 2015

Pastore proves to be missing attacking link for Argentina

By Rex Gowar

(Reuters) – Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore’s contributions to the variety and depth of their attack at the Copa America includes his ability to link up with Lionel Messi even if that means acting like a post.

Pastore has slotted into the side that finished runners-up at the 2014 World Cup and helped them reach a second successive Copa America final against hosts Chile on Saturday.

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      "I returned to Buenos Aires in 2009 after 20 years in London, Paris and Rome as a sports desker and correspondent to look after the international sports file in Latin America. Soccer is the biggest story with the region holding the next World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and there are also good Argentine rugby and tennis stories."
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