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Oct 23, 2015

Rugby-Bosch returns from ban in only Pumas change

BAGSHOT, England, Oct 23 (Reuters) – The return of Marcelo Bosch at outside centre for Argentina’s Rugby World Cup semi-final was the only change in the team the Pumas named on Friday to face Australia at Twickenham on Sunday.

Matias Moroni, who scored Argentina’s first try in their 43-20 quarter-final win over Ireland, steps down and out of the match squad to make way for Bosch.

Oct 22, 2015

Scrumhalf rivalry reflects Pumas unity

LONDON (Reuters) – The Cubelli and Landajo who played in Argentina’s win over Australia 36 years ago were on the field at the same time, unlike their sons who face the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Tomas Cubelli and Martin Landajo share the scrumhalf duties in coach Daniel Hourcade’s side and the former looks set to get the nod at Twickenham after the latter started the 43-20 victory over Ireland in their quarter-final in Cardiff.

Oct 22, 2015

Rugby-Scrumhalf rivalry reflects Pumas unity

LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) – The Cubelli and Landajo who played in Argentina’s win over Australia 36 years ago were on the field at the same time, unlike their sons who face the Wallabies in the Rugby World Cup semi-finals on Sunday.

Tomas Cubelli and Martin Landajo share the scrumhalf duties in coach Daniel Hourcade’s side and the former looks set to get the nod at Twickenham after the latter started the 43-20 victory over Ireland in their quarter-final in Cardiff.

Oct 22, 2015

Rugby-Confidence to take risks defines Pumas – Moroni

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – Argentina’s Matias Moroni is part of a new generation of Pumas making their mark at the Rugby World Cup with a daring attacking game that has yielded 26 tries in five matches and a place in the semi-finals.

The 24-year-old marked his seventh cap with an early try, his second of the tournament, to send Argentina on their way to a 43-20 victory over Ireland in the quarter-finals in Cardiff, earning a clash with Australia at Twickenham this Sunday.

Oct 21, 2015

Pumas playmaker Sanchez feeds off Wilkinson, Giteau advice

BAGSHOT, England (Reuters) – Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez picked up useful hints from former England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson and Wallaby centre Matt Giteau at Toulon which he hopes can help him steer Argentina to a Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Australia on Sunday.

Sanchez has been superb in dictating the Pumas’ attacks at a tournament in which they have scored 26 tries in five matches.

Oct 21, 2015

Rugby-Pumas playmaker Sanchez feeds off Wilkinson, Giteau advice

BAGSHOT, England, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Argentina’s Nicolas Sanchez picked up useful hints from former England flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson and Wallaby centre Matt Giteau at Toulon which he hopes can help him steer Argentina to a Rugby World Cup semi-final victory over Australia on Sunday.

Sanchez has been superb in dictating the Pumas’ attacks at a tournament in which they have scored 26 tries in five matches.

Oct 18, 2015

Wallabies squeeze through to semi-final with Pumas

LONDON (Reuters) – Completion of a southern hemisphere sweep of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals took some unexpected twists and turns before Australia edged Scotland in a dramatic finish at Twickenham on Sunday to line up a semi-final clash with Argentina.

The Pumas, seen as the least likely to reach the last four before the weekend, scored four tries in a convincing 43-20 victory over injury-depleted Ireland in Cardiff before the Scots threatened a big upset in London.

Oct 18, 2015

Rugby-Wallabies squeeze through to semi-final with Pumas

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Completion of a southern hemisphere sweep of the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals took some unexpected twists and turns before Australia edged Scotland in a dramatic finish at Twickenham on Sunday to line up a semi-final clash with Argentina.

The Pumas, seen as the least likely to reach the last four before the weekend, scored four tries in a convincing 43-20 victory over injury-depleted Ireland in Cardiff before the Scots threatened a big upset in London.

Oct 18, 2015

Analysis – Pumas owe progress to rubbing shoulders with the best

LONDON (Reuters) – Argentina reaching a Rugby World Cup semi-final for the second time on Sunday is testament to the huge strides the Pumas have made since joining the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship.

Impressive in 2007 on the back of a more defensive game, Argentina have shown in this tournament a confidence to play to their skills in running with the ball which they had only occasionally hinted at on the international stage.

Oct 18, 2015

Rugby-Pumas owe progress to rubbing shoulders with the best

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Argentina reaching a Rugby World Cup semi-final for the second time on Sunday is testament to the huge strides the Pumas have made since joining the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship.

Impressive in 2007 on the back of a more defensive game, Argentina have shown in this tournament a confidence to play to their skills in running with the ball which they had only occasionally hinted at on the international stage.

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