Argentina women buoyed by Houston experiences
Argentina head coach Miguel Seró says his side’s experience of playing in Houston as part of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series has served as a huge learning curve for his team.
Argentina are set to take part in the South American qualifier for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2013 later this month in Rio de Janeiro as they battle it out for the right to head to Moscow this summer.
They face a huge challenge in doing so, with hosts Brazil huge favourites to take the spot having won the last eight South American titles, but Seró was thrilled to have been part of the World Series last weekend.
“For us it was a fantastic opportunity to come up against some of the best sides in the world. We wanted to go there and learn as much as we could and to take those back with us and we did that. Argentina’s women’s team is basically brand new so we are learning in every competition we play in.”
Argentina won just one game at the tournament in Houston, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 25-5 in their final outing, but Seró says there was much to be positive about.
“Brazil are the big powerhouse team in South America. Our goal is to reach close to their level, not just technically but in everything they do, because we are a step or two behind them at the moment and we want to close the gap.
“The games we played in Houston will help us do that ahead of the World Cup qualifiers later this month.”
Growing the game a priority
Seró explained that in the last few years, there has been a massive emphasis to grow the women’s game in Argentina.
“Since 2009 our union has split rugby into eight different regions.
“Each one has a responsibility to build the women’s rugby programme in that region. Because of that, we have seen a big growth in the playing numbers. In 2009 we had around 250 women’s players and right now we have over 1,000 so that has been a dramatic increase for us.
“Our goal is to progress as we go on and to keep building those numbers so that we can develop the talent in the country.”
Seró also outlined the key aims in the year ahead.
“We have three priorities. The first is the development of the game in Argentina and that is about showing the women of Argentina that they can play rugby and that it’s a fantastic sport.
“Then we need to focus on increasing our resources so that we can deliver great programmes and coaching and third we want to be competitive as a team in South America.
“Right now we are focusing on Sevens but in the coming year we will look at that and propose to the union that we expand that to Fifteens.”