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Last Updated: Monday, 17 May, 2004, 15:10 GMT 16:10 UK
Pumas name squad for Wales
Argentina scrum-half Agustin Pichot
Argentina's top players have not played for the Pumas since October
Argentina have picked the core of their 2003 World Cup team in a 26-man squad for two Tests at home to Wales and one away against New Zealand next month.

Scrum-half Agustin Pichot is one of three Stade Francais backs in a squad dominated by French-based players.

Gloucester's Rodrigo Roncero, Martin Schusterman of Plymouth and Leinster's Felipe Contepomi are also included.

But Flanker Rolando Martin is among several veterans missing, having retired from international rugby.

Argentina meet Wales in Tucuman on 12 June and Buenos Aires on 19 June before meeting New Zealand on 26 June.

Coach Marcelo Loffreda has also included several newcomers who cut their international teeth playing for a home-based Argentina team that won the recent South American championship.

Argentina's foreign-based players have seen no international action since last October's 16-15 defeat to Ireland which ended their hopes of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals.

Argentina squad

Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Colomiers, France), Rimas Alvarez (Perpignan, France), Pablo Bouza (Duendes), Martin Durand (Champagnat), Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe (Castres, France), Eusebio Guinazu (Mendoza RC), Omar Hasan (Agen, France), Mario Ledesma (Castres, France), Gonzalo Longo (Narbonne, France), Federico Mendez (Mendoza RC), Lucas Ostiglia (Petrarca, Italy), Rodrigo Roncero (Gloucester, England), Martin Schusterman (Plymouth, England).

Backs: Lucas Borges (Pucara), Felipe Contepomi (Leinster, Ireland), Manuel Contepomi (Cardenal Newman), Ignacio Corleto (Stade Francais, France), Juan De La Cruz Fernandez Miranda (Beziers, France), Nicolas Fernandez Miranda (Petrarca, Italy), Martin Gaitan (Biarritz, France), Pablo Cardinali (Beziers, France), Juan Martin Hernandez (Stade Francais, France), Jose Maria Nunez Piossek (Huirapuca), Jose Orengo (Grenoble, France), Agustin Pichot (Stade Francais, France), Hernan Senillosa (Hindu Club).




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