Versatile Scorer on Display
Dynamic Try-Scorer in Newcastle Colors
Anyone who has witnessed his performances for Newcastle knows that he possesses the ability to score tries from virtually any position and under any circumstances.
England’s Cautionary Tale
England’s approach against Argentina will require caution, particularly when it comes to their kicking strategy. The Pumas boast a finishing king who excels in capitalizing on loose kicks. Precision in kicking, disciplined chasing, and maintaining competitive intensity are essential to avoid falling victim to a player of his caliber.
Strength and Stability in the Argentinian Camp
Argentina enters the World Cup fray with a squad that is not only robust but also incredibly stable, benefitting from a wealth of experience and formidable forward power. Standout performers like Julian Montoya, who has showcased his talent at Leicester, and towering figures such as Tomas Lavanini and Marcos Kremer strengthen the team.
Santiago Carreras: From Full-Back to No. 10
While Santiago Carreras has primarily featured as a full-back during his time with Gloucester, he has seamlessly transitioned into the No. 10 role for the Pumas.
A Proud Connection to London Irish
London Irish’s Legacy in Argentina Squad
The inclusion of three former London Irish players in the Argentina squad for the World Cup is a source of great pride. These individuals, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Lucio Cinti, and Agustin Creevy, will continue their rugby journeys at Saracens and Sale next season. They played pivotal roles in London Irish’s on-field achievements during the club’s memorable last 12 months.
Agustin Creevy: A Legendary Figure
Agustin Creevy, in particular, stands as a legend, both for his contributions on the pitch, where he scored numerous tries, and for his enduring rugby career. His remarkable personality, characterized by caring, consideration, and hospitality, is a quality shared by many Argentina players.
The Challenge of Emiliano Boffelli
Boffelli’s Kicking Prowess
England faces a significant challenge in dealing with Emiliano Boffelli, who will line up on the wing. Boffelli possesses a prodigious boot and is regarded as one of the world’s premier goal-kickers. England must be vigilant to prevent Boffelli from amassing points through a sequence of successful kicks.
Tom Curry’s Return and Lewis Ludlam’s Role
Tom Curry, who has not seen competitive action since May due to an ankle injury, is set to start for England. Despite the layoff, England trusts Curry to give his all and make a substantial impact, even if it’s for approximately 50 minutes. His energy and determination will be vital. Following Curry’s efforts, Lewis Ludlam will come off the bench to infuse further energy and contribute to England’s push.
Joe Marchant’s Opportunity
Joe Marchant’s Quest for a Starting Role
England seeks stability in their center partnership, and Joe Marchant has a golden opportunity to solidify his place in the starting lineup. The Stade Francais-bound three-quarter is gaining confidence within the squad and aims to secure a spot in the starting XV during this significant opportunity.