|Photo The Guardian: Tommy Seymour crosses against Japan on Saturday|
Argentina is a rugby power that has lost many a player to a rival nation. This past weekend saw two players earn their 99th test caps for Italy with Martín Castrogiovanni and Sergio Parisse both now set to earn their 100th caps against Fiji next Saturday. They were joined by another Argentine player in the starting lineup as Alberto di Bernardo played fly half while Matias Aguero was on the bench.
Representation from the Americas also saw Canadian Roberto Barbieri starting in the back-row and despite there being no place for either Gonzalo Canale or Gonzalo Garcia the capping of Argentine players by Italy has all but dried up. With Argentina previously having absolutely no professional or semi-professional rugby whatsoever players were often attracted to play in Italy and many were subsequently capped. With Argentina having a large quantity of Italian immigrants during the twentieth century it also means many qualify based on their parents or grand parents.
This has not changed but with the creation of PladAR players are now capped quickly either for Argentina against Brazil, Chile or Uruguay or as a member of Los Jaguares or Los Pampas XV. There is no such system in North America which sees Canada and the USA´s limited options often complicated. The USA is to lose Hanno Dirksen to Wales despite him having played for the USA Eagles in a non-capped match while the USA also lost Tommy Seymour to Scotland in January of this year.
Aged 25 Seymour made his test debut earlier this year against South Africa in Nelspruit. He was selected due in large part to the British and Irish Lions tour removing Stuart Hogg and former Maori All Black Sean Maitland from the squad. The Dutch born Tim Visser was in the Scottish June squad but like Hogg is is currently out of rugby injured. To fill the void Seymour started in a back-three on Saturday with Sean Lamont on the other wing and Maitland playing fullback. The Nashville, Tennessee product impressed at Murrayfield by scoring two tries as Scotland recovered after Japan had been in the match for over 50 minutes.
Seymour´s second try came in the 54th minute and was the turning point as prior to the try Scotland was leading 18-17 but would go on to complete a 42-17 win in what was a preview of things to come in Rugby World Cup 2015 when the teams meet in Gloucester in pool play. Fortunately for the USA the loss of Seymour may not be as severe as it would be in other positions. The USA presently has some quality wing and fullback options ahead of 2015 including Luke Hume, Taku Ngwenya, Zachary Pangelinan, Blaine Scully, Adam Siddall and Chris Wyles. Of them Siddall and Wyles may well be used at fly half and centre.