The Argentine castle will arrive in France on December 16 as a medical joker to replace Pete Marais.
Lucas is 22 years old, before joining Brive, he played for Jaguarez since 2019, played all Super Rugby matches for this franchise before the team’s performance was suspended due to coronavirus.
Thanks to his performance, he was called up to the Argentina national team for the Three Nations Cup, where he made his debut last weekend in the match against the All Blacks. The second game was played yesterday against the Austrians. True, he played 10 minutes, got a yellow card in the 66th minute and went to rest.
Hugo Moni: “Let’s not be so critical”
The former England fullback has joined the controversy on the topic of “rugby is not the same” – we present his column in The Guardian with small abbreviations.
Despite all the talk that the national teams are playing boring now, I prefer not to judge in a rush, but wait for the Six Nations Cup next year. Considering everything that happened in 2020, I think it is unfair to criticize and assess right now.
The Six Nations Cup is the brightest international tournament, but because of the coronavirus, it was forced to take a break of seven months, unions and clubs faced the threat of financial collapse, players had to get used to playing without fans, to get used to new interpretations of the rules. The fact that we managed to hold an international tournament in general is already a feat. And, again, taking into account all of the above, it is impossible to understand and evaluate how the game has changed.
In addition, the specifics of each team must be considered. Wales and Ireland fought as best they could, they have new coaches who tried to implement different game plans – against the backdrop of everything that was happening.
And it is not surprising that Scotland, and to some extent, England were able to more or less safely survive all the upheavals – just because the mentors in these teams have long been. Eddie Jones has been at the helm for five years, he gave a chance to several debutants, but actually he has players who have 50 and 100 appearances for the national team.
Right or wrong, new interpretations of the laws lead to the fact that if you have strong kickers and good defense in your squad, it is very difficult to beat you. And it is a team with such characteristics that I would call England. They won both Wales and Ireland (the column was written before the final of the UCN – approx.) And I did not notice what caused them to lose. The main reason for this is continuity, which other teams could not afford in this troubled year …
Rugby often tries to “convey” itself, as they say, – I think this is what Eddie Jones means when he says that the game goes through certain time cycles – either preferring attack or defense.
You also need to remember that all changes to the rules are for the safety of the players. Yes, we can say that now they play more from defense precisely because the rules are now interpreted this way, but they really take into account the interests of athletes.
And I will also say something – now World Rugby can analyze changes in the game much faster and correct them – this was not the case before. Joe Schmidt, a former Irish coach, is now working on all of this, leading a working group where coaches, players and referees can interact and find the best solutions to implement to improve rugby. Previously, this was not at all, but now we have this opportunity, and I believe such activities will bear fruit.
And yes, let’s not underestimate the lack of fans in the stands. Rugby is a very emotional game and the fans make a huge difference in it. I am sure if Wales played against England in a packed Millennium, the outcome of the match would have been different.
The return of fans to the final of the OKN, albeit only 2,000 people, is the right decision, and I hope that the future Six Nations Cup will be completely different. For now, let’s not be overly critical of rugby.