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Oct 23, 2013

Argentina name Hourcade coach for European tour

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina named Daniel Hourcade as coach on Tuesday for the Pumas’ tour of Europe and with a view to keeping him on until the 2015 rugby World Cup in England.

Hourcade, who has just steered Argentina’s second-string Jaguars to a fourth successive Americas Rugby championship title in Canada, replaces Santiago Phelan who quit on Monday after six years in charge.

Oct 23, 2013

Rugby-Argentina name Hourcade coach for European tour

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Argentina named Daniel Hourcade as coach on Tuesday for the Pumas’ tour of Europe and with a view to keeping him on until the 2015 rugby World Cup in England.

Hourcade, who has just steered Argentina’s second-string Jaguars to a fourth successive Americas Rugby championship title in Canada, replaces Santiago Phelan who quit on Monday after six years in charge.

Oct 22, 2013

Messi good for Brazil’s World Cup: organizers

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is the figurehead of Brazil’s arch-rivals Argentina, one of the teams with the potential to spoil the home team’s dream of winning the World Cup next year.

Yet Brazilians love Messi and his presence will be good for the tournament, the chief executive officer of Brazil’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) told Reuters.

Oct 22, 2013

Soccer-Messi good for Brazil’s World Cup-organisers

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is the figurehead of Brazil’s arch-rivals Argentina, one of the teams with the potential to spoil the home team’s dream of winning the World Cup next year.

Yet Brazilians love Messi and his presence will be good for the tournament, the chief executive officer of Brazil’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) told Reuters.

Oct 21, 2013

Argentina coach Phelan quits ahead of European tour

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Santiago Phelan has resigned as Argentina coach ahead of the Pumas’ European tour that includes tests against England, Wales and Italy next month, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Monday.

Phelan, whose contract had been due to end in December, brought forward his decision to leave after his team finished bottom of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship for the second year in succession with six defeats.

Oct 21, 2013

Rugby-Argentina coach Phelan quits ahead of European tour

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Santiago Phelan has resigned as Argentina coach ahead of the Pumas’ European tour that includes tests against England, Wales and Italy next month, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Monday.

Phelan, whose contract had been due to end in December, brought forward his decision to leave after his team finished bottom of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship for the second year in succession with six defeats.

Oct 16, 2013

Soccer-Sabella ponders Argentina’s defensive frailties

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Argentina boast firepower second to none but coach Alejandro Sabella wore a frown during and after his team’s 3-2 defeat by Uruguay in their closing World Cup qualifier.

Sabella said Argentina would go to the Brazil finals next year to win the country’s third title and with an attack that includes Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuain, Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria few would belittle their chances.

Oct 16, 2013

Chile, Ecuador reach World Cup, Uruguay to playoff

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 in their closing South American qualifier in Santiago on Tuesday as both went through automatically to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The result consigned Uruguay, despite beating group winners Argentina 3-2 in Montevideo, to a playoff against Jordan next month for one more berth in the finals.

Oct 16, 2013

Soccer-Chile, Ecuador reach W.Cup, Uruguay to playoff

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 15 (Reuters) – Chile beat Ecuador 2-1 in their closing South American qualifier in Santiago on Tuesday as both went through automatically to the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

The result consigned Uruguay, despite beating group winners Argentina 3-2 in Montevideo, to a playoff against Jordan next month for one more berth in the finals.

Oct 14, 2013

Uruguay resigned to World Cup playoff

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Uruguay, semi-finalists at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, will be under no illusion about their prospects on Tuesday when they seek an unlikely high-scoring triumph over Argentina.

Only a crushing victory at the Centenario, in one of South America’s ‘clasicos’, coupled with a win for either Chile or Ecuador who meet in Santiago at the same time (2330 GMT), would secure qualification for next year’s finals.

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