Sevens legend to coach Argentina's women
A familiar name will return to the world of Rugby Sevens when Santiago Gómez Cora takes charge of Argentina’s team for their debut on the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Houston, USA, on 1-2 February.
The former Pumas Sevens star is the all-time leading try-scorer in IRB Sevens Rugby with 230 and lies fifth in the all-time points table behind legendary names Ben Gollings, Tomasi Cama, Uale Mai and Waisale Serevi.
Argentina’s women will have a difficult baptism to the Women’s Sevens World Series, having been drawn in Pool B alongside Dubai runners-up South Africa, Canada and USA, the Bowl winners in the inaugural round in December.
The tournament, though, will provide Argentina with the ideal preparation for the South American Sevens Championship in Rio de Janeiro on 23-24 February, which will provide the final qualifier for Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 in Moscow.
Argentina will have to end Brazil’s longstanding dominance of South American rugby to secure that place and also spots in the final two rounds of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Guangzhou, China, on 30-31 March and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on 17-18 May.
Argentina Women’s squad for Houston:
Gisela Janina Acuña, María Gimena Acuña, Gladys Lettizia Alcaraz, Noelia Alejandra Billerbeck, Maria Eugenia Botelli, Rita Beatriz Cazorla, Isabel Fontanarrosa, Sonia Viviana Garat, Vanesa Celeste Garnelo, Carolina Ohaco, Yamila Vanesa Salas, Xoana Fabiola Sosa.