Phelan quits as Pumas coach

2013-10-22 11:19
Santiago Phelan (File)
Buenos Aires - Santiago Phelan resigned as coach of the Argentinian team with immediate effect on Monday ending a five year spell in charge, the Argentinian Rugby Federation (UAR) announced.

The 39-year-old - who guided the Pumas to the 2011 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals after succeeding Marcello Loffreda - had been widely expected to step down when his contract came to an end in December.

Rafael Laria, the UAR spokesperson, said that Phelan would not take charge of Argentina's November Test matches which sees them play England at Twickenham on November 9, Wales a week later at the Millennium Stadium and Italy in Rome on November 23.

Phelan, who is due to give a press conference on Tuesday, has just come off the Rugby Championship where the Pumas lost all six of their games to the southern hemisphere heavyweights New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in what was their second participation.

Phelan enjoyed success as a player, being capped 44 times at flank and played all his club rugby for Club Athletico San Isidro.


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