Pumas 7s: who is who in the squad that will face the World Cup in Cape Town

Cougars 7s they failed to close a positive season on the circuit with a smile. They reached the last day with concrete chances to win the World Seven Series, but the defeat against Samoa in the Los Angeles quarterfinals ended the illusion and left them even outside the podium, behind Australia, Fiji and . A bitter taste at the end of the season, although there is little time to regret. The Argentine small game team is already in South Africa to play the eighth world cup of discipline.

Since rugby returned to the Olympic agenda, first with the 2014 Nanjing Youth Games and then with the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, it became the main competition of the reduced game. The World Cup had to reinvent itself to achieve greater appeal and differentiate itself from the World Seven Series, the circuit that is played throughout the season in 10 stages.

Pumas 7s finished fourth in the World Tour; now he is going to the World Cup in South Africa.Marcos Brindicci – THE NATION

“The World Cup never had such importance because it was just another stage. There are a few more teams, but the protagonists are the same and many times it is played in the same city on the circuit. It was already losing interest until in 2018 they put this format to see if it attracted attention and liked this knock-out system for the public and television. As they have no classification or group, they are all kill-kill matches. It was that or remove the World Cup, because it had been very overshadowed by the Olympic Games or the . No one has it in their planning priorities,” he said in a dialogue to The nation Coach Santiago Gomez Coraone of the most experienced voices in the world of seven.

In a 24-team tournament, the Pumas 7s will start in the round of 16 for being among the best eight teams on the planet. They will debut on September 9 against the winner of Kenya and Tonga, in a championship with no margin for error. “It is a tournament that with this format does not mean that it went well or badly for you. We get the winner of Tonga-Kenya and anything can happen in a match. If you aim all the guns at 14 minutes you get depressed or you can feel very frustrated. The year goes on and we have many official tournaments, we are not staying in the short term. They are steps that we are going to go up and correct, “said Gómez Cora, who has clear goals with the national team that he has trained since 2013.

The World Cup in South Africa may be the end of what is currently a good season for Pumas 7s.
The World Cup in South Africa may be the end of what is currently a good season for Pumas 7s.Marcos Brindicci – THE NATION

“The main objective is the Olympic cycle. After that comes the qualification for the Olympic Games and after that the Pan American Games and then the hierarchy of the world circuit”. Paris 2024 is the arrival point and Cape Town 2022 an important step in the process, for the development of several young people who are making their first weapons at the international level.

Of the twelve players, only four were in San Francisco 2018. Matías Osadczuk, Luciano González, Germán Schulz and Gastón Revol, the emblem that is never lacking: at the age of 35 he will be in his third world cup, a figure that no other Argentine had reached. In the absence of Santiago Álvarez Fourcade due to injury, the Cordovan will be the captain, just like the tournament played five years ago.

In addition to the four most experienced, Rodrigo Isgró and Marcos Moneta achieved the Bronze Medal last year in Tokyo. The best player in the world in 2021 missed the Los Angeles stage after suffering an infection from a wound that had him hospitalized and his participation was at risk. The wing makes the difference with his speed and provides that plus to unlock even and close matches. In that sense, the Pumas 7s missed him last weekend.

Pumas 7s training. at Casa Pumas, at Ingeniero Maschwitz
Pumas 7s training. at Casa Pumas, at Ingeniero MaschwitzMarcos Brindicci – THE NATION

With the idea of ​​consolidating a team on the way to Paris 2024, five players who made their debut this season were called up for the World Cup. Santiago Vera Feld and Tobías Wade established themselves as important figures within the squad. Agustín Fraga will seek greater prominence, while Alejo Lavayén and Franco Rossetto made their premiere last weekend in Los Angeles and earned a place on the list. After suffering some important casualties along the way, such as those of Lautaro Bazán Vélez and Felipe Del Mestre, plus the players who chose to continue their career in the XV post-Tokyo 2020 –Lucio Cinti, Santiago Mare and Ignacio Mendy–, Gómez Cora will try to rebuild the base so that the one he leads continues to be a competitive team.

Tomas Lizazú and Matteo Graziano they traveled as reserves and will be part of the training. Franco Sábato, one of the historical ones, participated in the Los Angeles tournament due to the absence of Moneta, but was ruled out for the World Cup and his future in the selected team is unknown.

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