Thursday, October 3, 2013

Juan Figallo ruled out of facing Australia

Orlandi carries v Italy in 2008
Argentina has been rocked by a late injury that has forced the tournament´s best performing tighthead prop out of the final round match this Saturday in Rosario. The UAR has confirmed a late change to the starting team which could have an impact on the scrum.

Having started in the first five rounds of the competition Juan Figallo has had to pull out of taking on the Wallabies this coming weekend. The Montpellier front-rower has been unable to recover from a minor cervical injury picked up against the All Blacks in La Plata this past weekend. 

Replacing Figallo in the starting lineup will be Bath prop Juan Pablo Orlandi who has been used as deputy to Figallo throughout the competition. Orlandi has been involved with Los Pumas since 2008 but was not selected for Rugby World Cup 2011. Before making his debut against France in 2008 Orlandi had been approached by Italy who were interested in nationalizing the then Rovigo based player. He subsequently moved to France to play for Racing Métro and signed for Bath to play in the Aviva Premiership this season.  

The 30 year Orlandi has played thirteen tests for Argentina thus far with four of those appearances being in the starting lineup. He started tests against France, Italy and Ireland during Argentina´s November 2008 European tour and started against England in June 2009 in the match that the UAR moved from Buenos Aires to Manchester. Orlandi was dropped for the second test in Salta with Santiago Phelan making the decision to play Marcos Ayerza at tighthead prop in a combination with Mario Ledesma and Rodrigo Roncero. 

With Orlandi elevated to the starting lineup the 20 year old Pumitas prop Matías Díaz has been added to the bench. It complets a big week for Díaz who signed to play Super Rugby in New Zealand for ther Highlanders just days ago. 

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