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Marcos Ayerza: A
Leicester Stalwart Ayerza is approaching 50 caps for his country and remains one of the best props they have ever produced. He had his best run in the national side with eight appearances last year but was then jettisoned for the summer Tests as rumours swirled of unrest in the Pumas setup.
The Leicester Mercury reported:
With other big-name stars like Patricio Albacete and Gonzalo Tiesi also having been left out of new head coach Daniel Hourcade's plans, it led to suggestions of unrest in the Argentine camp, which Ayerza has been caught up in.
That unrest is said to go right to the top of the game, with the UAR (Argentine Rugby Union) heavily involved in team selection according to some observers.
But the Tigers man is back in the fold for the Championship, and it would be unwise in the extreme to leave a man of his experience cooling his heels on the bench.
Ramiro Herrera: B+
Herrera’s star is on the rise after securing a permanent deal to play for top-14 big guns Castres, per Rugby World Cup Argentina 2023. He is quite some specimen at 6'3" and 275 pounds and made his debut in the summer series against Ireland.
This coming tournament could give us a clear indication if he is the real deal and the next in a long line of world-class Pumas propping talent.
Lucas Noguera Paz: D
The 21-year-old made his bow this year for the national side and should play a supporting role in this tournament while he continues to learn his trade.
Nuhuel Tetaz Chaparro: C
Another tall prop at 6'4", Chaparro will need to use all his size and power to put the Pumas on the front foot. Having featured off the bench in Argentina’s last two Tests, his physical attributes may well lend him to the role of impact sub in this competition.
Bruno Postiglioni: C
The 27-year-old can play prop or hooker but has been exclusively used as a prop in his last seven appearances. With game time against France, Italy, Ireland and Scotland, he has some experience against strong opposition, but the step into the Rugby Championship is a new one for the Jaguares man.