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Well done for Italy! It's funny to see that many of the best italian players are actually argentines and they love to beat France!
On the other side, Picamoles continues with his impressing performance wherever he plays.
Anyway, it's great to see Italy playing at a high level and certainly closing the gap towards the bigger rugby nations.
1 Year, 6 Months ago
Although I admire the Pumas and their commitment a lot I am gladly surprised by the way the have played so far. Before this tournament it was a real mystery wether they would be able to perform in a competitive way or not. But they have really proved that they are up to the task. They still need to get that extra ruthlessness and belief the other top tier teams have in order to win a game, but I am sure they are going to get that much sooner than we all expected.
For those who don't know about argentinian rugby, it is an amateur sport in Argentina. Nevertheless, most of the players who participate in this Rugby Championship play professionally in Europe. Those who don't but have been eligible to represent the country have financial support and special training from the national rugby union. So the B-Team that defeated France in June (and lost to the same team one week later) had still a majority of amateur players on the field, because the A-players were preparing for the Rugby Championship. It is just a matter of time until all the argentinian rugby get a quality and intensity boost, motivated by the performance of the Pumas so far. It will be very interesting to follow up on that evolution from now!
1 Year, 11 Months ago