Jaguares coach hits back at calls to axe team from Super Rugby
Coach Gonzalo Quesada has described calls for the Jaguares to be kicked out of Super Rugby as "disappointing" and denied they had an unfair advantage by having the pick of Argentina's international players.
Jaguares coach Gonzalo Quesada has described calls for the Argentine franchise to be kicked out of Super Rugby as "disappointing" and denied they had an unfair advantage by having the pick of Argentina's international players.
Wallabies great Phil Kearns this week claimed the team was a de facto national side and had "hoodwinked" governing body SANZAAR, giving Argentina an edge by regularly playing together heading into this year's World Cup.
"This is a provincial competition. Have a provincial team in it – that's what it's about. It's not about having national teams being in it," he said.
Quesada told Friday's Sydney Morning Herald it was wrong to suggest the Jaguares' introduction to Super Rugby was part of a deliberate plan to strengthen the national side.
According to reports, they had more than 1,000 international caps across their squad.
The Jaguares, who play the Queensland Reds in Brisbane on Saturday, have the third-best record in Super Rugby so far and are on a run of six wins from seven games, topping the South African conference by three points from the Sharks.
They entered the tournament in 2016 when it was boosted from 15 to 18 teams. It has since been cut back to 15, with South Africa's Southern Kings and Cheetahs, along with Australia's Western Force, axed.