October 16, 2008 / 3:36 PM / 10 years ago

Rugby-Hernandez back for Pumas tour, Corleto out with injury

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 16 (Reuters) - Argentina’s World Cup flyhalf Juan Martin Hernandez has been recalled to the Pumas squad for their November tour of Europe.

Fullback Ignacio Corleto and prop Martin Scelzo, however, are unavailable through injury for the tests against France, Italy and Ireland on successive Saturdays next month.

Coach Santiago Phelan named a squad of 29, posted on the Argentine Rugby Union’s (UAR) website (www.uar.com.ar), that includes half a dozen uncapped players.

Hernandez, who broke his hand during Argentina’s 13-12 defeat by Italy at home in July and missed the 63-9 defeat by world champions South Africa in the “Mandela test” in August, has recovered and been in fine form for Stade Francais.

Bernardo Stortoni has been Argentina’s fullback this year although Hernandez could play there on tour with Felipe Contepomi, who has succeeded Agustin Pichot as captain, lining up in his Leinster club position at flyhalf.

Missing from the team that upset France in Paris to finish third at the World Cup a year ago are Corleto, Federico Todeschini and Hernan Senillosa and the retired Manuel Contepomi, Pichot, Gonzalo Longo and Omar Hasan.

A Pumas team in transition have since lost three of their four tests, having shared a home series with Scotland 1-1 in June.

The six uncapped players in the squad are props Juan Pablo Orlandi and Juan Figallo, lock Mariano Galarza, flyhalf Santiago Fernandez and scrumhalves Agustin Figuerola and Nicolas Bruzzone.

Squad:

Forwards: Patricio Albacete, Rimas Alvarez, Marcos Ayerza, Martin Durand, Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Juan Figallo, Mariano Galarza, Alvaro Galindo, Eusebio Guinazu, Mario Ledesma, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Esteban Lozada, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Rodrigo Roncero, Alberto Vernet Basualdo

Backs: Horacio Agulla, Miguel Avramovic, Lucas Borges, Nicolas Bruzzone, Rafael Carballo, Felipe Contepomi, Santiago Fernandez, Agustin Figuerola, Juan Martin Hernandez, Francisco Leonelli, Federico Martin Aramburu, Bernardo Stortoni, Gonzalo Tiesi, Nicolas Vergallo. (Writing by Rex Gowar in London, editing by Miles Evans)

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