Cape Town - Saracens and former Argentine tighthead prop Juan Manuel
Figallo has lamented the fact that the Pumas' scrum is not the force it once
Traditionally renowned for possessing a strong scrum, this
area of Argentina's game has been exposed in recent times.
Argentina face the Wallabies on Saturday in their final
match of the Rugby Championship, desperately seeking their first win of the
And Figallo, who has 24 caps for Argentina, believes it is a
sad sight to see los Pumas losing their own scrum ball.
“We need to change something," Figallo told Pundit
"We used to be good but now we’re not even winning our
own ball. I don’t think it’s a front row problem as it’s the same front row
that played in the World Cup and they played brilliantly.
"I think it’s a collective effort. They need to get
back to the principle of eight players working together, not working
Figallo is no longer eligible for internationals due to
Argentine rugby's selection policy that stipulates players plying their trade
outside of Argentina may not play for the national side.
And it is a policy the 29-year-old believes is negatively
affecting the national team's performances as there is a lack of competition
for places in the side.
“I’m not involved with Argentina anymore, if you play in
Europe you cannot play for the national team. Of course I would like to see
this changed, definitely but it’s not my call," he said.
“The thing is, if you are in the Jaguares you’re already in
the national team. Before, you’d be in different clubs and you’d earn your way
to the national team. Now there isn’t that competition between different
players competing for spots to try and get into the national team.”
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Matias Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Marcos Kremer, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Lucas Noguera Paz
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Banjamin Macome, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Santiago Cordero
15 Israel Folau; 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Reece Hodge; 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia; 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Jack Dempsey; 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda; 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Scott Sio
Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Lukhan Tui, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Samu Kerevi, 23 Henry Speight