Hourcade new Pumas coach
Buenos Aires - Daniel Hourcade stepped up from the Argentina B team to be coach of the senior team on Tuesday replacing Santiago Phelan who resigned on Monday, the Argentinian Rugby Union (UAR) announced.
Hourcade, nicknamed the 'egg', will begin with the November Test series against England at Twickenham on November 9, Wales at the Millennium Stadium a week later and Italy in Rome the week after that.
However, former Argentinian scrumhalf Agustin Pichot, a member of the side that reached the 2007 Rugby World Cup semi-finals, and now a director of the UAR said they hoped Hourcade would stay on till the 2015 World Cup.
The resignation of Phelan, 39 and who guided the Pumas to the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals after succeeding Marcello Loffreda, came as no surprise after six successive defeats in the recent Four Nations tournament, although he had been thought likely to stay until his contract came to an end in December.