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Sep 18, 2015

Rugby-Pumas field seven World Cup newcomers against All Blacks

LONDON, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Argentina have announced a young team with seven Rugby World Cup debutants for their Pool C opener against holders New Zealand at Wembley on Sunday.

The seven, four forwards and three backs who helped Argentina avoid the Rugby Championship wooden spoon for the first time in August, are in a team with five changes from the side beaten 26-12 by South Africa in their last test in Buenos Aires a month ago.

Sep 17, 2015

France hope to rediscover flair against Italy

LONDON (Reuters) – France could regain their flair and put Italy to the sword in their Rugby World Cup Pool D opener at Twickenham if coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s efforts to relieve the pressure work.

Saint-Andre, whose side are looking to reach a second successive final and fourth overall, said the players needed to be relaxed but concentrated.

Sep 17, 2015

France hope to rediscover flair against Italy

LONDON (Reuters) – France could regain their flair and put Italy to the sword in their Rugby World Cup Pool D opener at Twickenham if coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s efforts to relieve the pressure work.

Saint-Andre, whose side are looking to reach a second successive final and fourth overall, said the players needed to be relaxed but concentrated.

Sep 17, 2015

Rugby-France hope to rediscover flair against Italy

LONDON, Sept 17 (Reuters) – France could regain their flair and put Italy to the sword in their Rugby World Cup Pool D opener at Twickenham if coach Philippe Saint-Andre’s efforts to relieve the pressure work.

Saint-Andre, whose side are looking to reach a second successive final and fourth overall, said the players needed to be relaxed but concentrated.

Sep 17, 2015

Rugby-Centre Fofana out of France World Cup opener against Italy

TWICKENHAM, England, Sept 17 (Reuters) – Wesley Fofana has not yet recovered from a thigh injury with Alexandre Dumoulin starting at inside centre in a France side with two changes for their Rugby World Cup match Pool D opener against Italy.

Coach Philippe Saint-Andre also picked lock Yoann Maestri, who has recovered from a rib injury, when he named his side on Thursday with two changes from the XV that started the 19-16 win over Scotland in their final warm-up at the Stade de France in Paris on Sept. 5.

Sep 5, 2015

Pumas looking to make biggest leap at World Cup

LONDON (Reuters) – Possessing a side who can beat anyone on a good day, Argentina are aiming high at the World Cup with their sights set on the ultimate goal.

“Our dream is to be world champions,” says Pumas’ captain and hooker Agustin Creevy.

Sep 5, 2015

Cubelli has skills to succeed Pichot for Argentina

LONDON (Reuters) – Since their great World Cup performance in France in 2007 Argentina have been searching for a successor to their talismanic captain Agustin Pichot at scrumhalf.

Tomas Cubelli has come closest to giving the Pumas what they need from a number nine and Australia’s ACT Brumbies have taken note and enquired about signing him for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Sep 5, 2015

Belief drives Creevy in search of Pumas perfection

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina’s Agustin Creevy has been at the heart of the transition from the brilliant team that finished third at the 2007 World Cup in France to the Pumas side he believes can go further in England.

The optimism of the 30-year-old hooker, leader of one of the most destructive scrummaging units in world rugby, is not unfounded. Though notoriously inconsistent, the Pumas have claimed notable victories over Australia, France and South Africa over the past 10 months.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Cubelli has skills to succeed Pichot for Argentina

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Since their great World Cup performance in France in 2007 Argentina have been searching for a successor to their talismanic captain Agustin Pichot at scrumhalf.

Tomas Cubelli has come closest to giving the Pumas what they need from a number nine and Australia’s ACT Brumbies have taken note and enquired about signing him for the 2016 Super Rugby season.

Sep 5, 2015

Rugby-Belief drives Creevy in search of Pumas perfection

LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Agustin Creevy has been at the heart of the transition from the brilliant team that finished third at the 2007 World Cup in France to the Pumas side he believes can go further in England.

The optimism of the 30-year-old hooker, leader of one of the most destructive scrummaging units in world rugby, is not unfounded. Though notoriously inconsistent, the Pumas have claimed notable victories over Australia, France and South Africa over the past 10 months.

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