Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Mundo’s Review – Rugby

If parents in this world would like to teach their kids about how a group of brave men stood up against every odd thrown against them, then nothing fits in the puzzle better than this.


Till the moment when I started writing the article, I just still can’t believe what an amazing journey that this brave Pumas has taken us to. I must admit that they’ve actually changed my life forever. My passion for Argentina will never be the same again after watching them playing during the Rugby World Cup.

I’m also going to admit that watching their victorious triumph against France on the opening match brought me tears of joy.


To prove that their achievement was no fluke, just take a good look at the list of their victims. France (twice!!!), Ireland and Scotland, teams that are tagged as first tier rugby nations.

I couldn’t care less if people say that this could be a one hit wonder or how much we were outclassed by the Springboks. The bottom line is that the 2007 RWC will forever be remembered for just only one reason and that is the Pumas.



Senor Marcelo LOFFREDDA, Capitán Maravilloso Agustin PICHOT and the rest of the team are truly an inspiration. Thanks to them, kids in Argentina are now dreaming about scoring a try, getting into the scrums, converting drop goal and stuffs like that.

Speaking of PICHOT, he is just the type of leader that even Coco BASILE would dream to have in his team.

2008 - What To Look Forward

There is still plenty of debate about including the Pumas to play in either the Northern Hemisphere Six Nations or the Southern Hemisphere Tri-Nation tournaments. As of now, there is still no word yet where they are going to end up as much remains to be seen.

One thing for sure the departure of coach LOFREDDA (he is currently now in charged of the Leicester Tigers in the Guinness Rugby Premiership) and the retirement of PICHOT will serve as a big blow to the Pumas.

Whoever their successors maybe will definitely have a huge act to follow. But with the passion and courage that they have displayed, you can just never tell what might happen.

23 comments:

Matt @ Green and Gold Rugby said...

Hey John,

A great review (I think I might steal that idea myself...)

A fantastic year for the Pumas, they showed how guts and spirit are the x factor that some national teams seem to be missing. They were a real joy to watch - I hope a solution can be found for how to see them more on the world stage.

I believe a big meeting is taking place in Argentina soon to decide the professional future of rugby there?

Matt @ Green and Gold Rugby said...

An article on what I was talking about here:

Puma rugby a 'disgrace': Pichot

FORMER Argentina captain Agustin Pichot slammed his federation chiefs today declaring that the domestic scene was a disgrace.

The 33-year-old scrum-half - who led the Pumas to a stunning third place in the World Cup including two victories over hosts France - told Argentine daily La Nacion he could not believe the manner in which the federation chiefs were dealing with the question over making the domestic game professional.

"What Argentine rugby is going through is a disgrace,'' said Pichot, who played in four World Cups winning over 70 caps. "It is unbelievable what is going on at the moment.''

According to Alejandro Risler, president of the Argentinian Rugby Union (UAR), his preference is to leave the domestic league amateur but place under contract the Pumas squad - the 2007 World Cup group threatened to strike months before the tournament because they were only being paid expenses.

However, Pichot was not even happy with Risler's new proposal. "The Argentinian directors change their minds every day and in those conditions it is difficult to get anything done,'' said Pichot, who having played for French giants Stade Francais is now plying his trade with another Parisian side second division Metro Racing.

The UAR are due to meet later on Friday to debate the matter.

John said...

Thanks for the article Matt,

Yes I'm a bit concern too about the state of Argentine rugby, especially on the domestic front.

I hope this matter will be resolve in the benefit of Argentine rugby particularly.

James said...

Hi John,

Excellent article. The Argentina issue is an interesting one. There was an International meeting in November which was supposed to determine in which competition the Pumas should play - the conclusion was that they must join one of the competitions. No sh**!

I ran a poll on The Rugby Blog - 53% thought they should join the Tri-Nations, with 47% suggesting the Six Nations. The IRB must be similarly divided, but hopefully a decision will be reached soon.

Happy new year.

James

rugbyturniere said...

i've always been a pumas fan and their performance in the last RWC shows that they sooooo deserve to be in the tri-nations.

Rory said...

John, great review - hoping the proposed Scotland vs Argentina home and away test matches go ahead at some point. Once the domestic game starts thriving on the same level as their overseas players, the Pumas will be unbeatable!

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