Rugby-Creevy excluded from Argentina tour in New Zealand


Veteran hooker Agustin Creevy has been left out of Argentina’s 32-man squad for their next two Rugby League matches against New Zealand a day after equaling the country’s all-time caps record. Creevy came off the bench on Saturday for his 94th Test appearance as Argentina beat Australia 48-17 in San Juan. He equaled injured half-back Nicolas Sanchez as the most capped Argentina international.

But the 37-year-old won’t have a chance to break the record when Los Pumas take on the All Blacks in Christchurch on August 27 and then again a week later in Hamilton. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Francisco Gomez Kodela and Juan Imhoff were also left out as coach Michael Cheika finalized his squad. Imhoff had scored one of Argentina’s six tries against the Wallabies.

Center Jeronimo de la Fuente is also absent. , according to one assertion. Eduardo Bello, Guido Petti, Santiago Socino, Benjamin Urdapilleta and Mayco Vivas have all been recalled to the squad.

Urdapilleta picked up the injury while playing for Castres in the French Top 14 final and missed all three Tests against Scotland last month as well as the opening two Rugby Championship matches against Australia. Both Petti and Vivas received time for the Scotland series.

Fly-half Sanchez, injured against Scotland and then back in training last week, will also not be available until Argentina’s last two matches in the Southern Hemisphere Championship, which will be at home and away against South Africa next month. Crew:

Attackers: Matias Alemanno (Gloucester), Eduardo Bello (Saracens), Rodrigo Bruni (Brive), Thomas Gallo (Benetton Treviso), Juan Martin Gonzalez (London Irish), Santiago Grondona (Exeter Chiefs), Facundo Isa (Toulon), Marcos Kremer (Stade Français), Tomas Lavanini (Clermont Auvergne), Pablo Matera (without club), Santiago Medrano (Worcester Warriors), Julian Montoya (Leicester Tigers), Joaquin Oviedo (Perpignan), Guido Petti (Bordeaux Bègles), Ignacio Ruiz (Jaguares XV), Santiago Socino (Gloucester), Joel Sclavi (La Rochelle), Mayco Vivas (Jaguares XV) Backs: Tomas Albornoz (Benetton Treviso), Lautaro Bazan Velez (Rovigo), Gonzalo Bertranou (Dragons), Emiliano Boffelli (Edinburgh), Santiago Carreras (Gloucester), Lucio Cinti (London Irish), Santiago Cordero (Bordeaux Bègles), Tomas Cubelli (Biarritz), Bautista Delguy (Clermont), Juan Cruz Mallia (Toulouse), Lucas Mensa (Mont-de-Marsan), Matias Moroni (Leicester Tigers), Matias Orlando (Newcastle Falcons), Benjamin Urdapilleta (Castres). (Written by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town)

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