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Dean Ryan hopes for Pumas boost during internationals
WORCESTER Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan may still be able to call upon his Argentinian contingent during the Autumn internationals.
It was originally thought that, after flanker Leo Senatore, lock Mariano Galarza and hooker Agustin Creevy were named in the Pumas training squad for this month’s Tests against England, Wales and Italy, they would be away from Sixways until the start of December.
However, after Warriors’ 21-6 home defeat to second-placed Bath, Ryan revealed the trio’s availability will now be assessed on a week-by-week basis following Argentina’s decision to replace head coach Santiago Phelan with Daniel Hourcade.
Senatore is now set to remain with Warriors this week instead of linking up with his fellow countrymen and could feature in Friday’s LV= Cup opener at Cardiff Blues.
But Creevy suffered a knee injury against Bath and Ryan does not yet know the extent of the damage although he suggested it could affect the front-rower’s availability for Argentina.
Ryan said: “Argentina are taking some of them and they are negotiating about that at the moment — Senatore stays with us this week, while Gus has hurt his knee, so we will have to see what happens with that today.
“All three of them haven’t been taken, so Senatore is with us for the first week, then each week it changes.
“We are not in control of that — Argentina got a new coach last week and I think they are aware they can’t just take 35 players out of northern hemisphere clubs.
“Credit to our three, though, as they are all desperate to be here and to get some continuity, which is a massive statement of intent.
“Good players make a big difference, it’s not rocket science, and for the first time we’ve been able to add a couple into the side. We still probably lack a bit of power without an out-and-out ball-carrier and that showed against Bath.
“We are struggling to get on the front foot because of that and are having to look for it elsewhere, but overall we are getting close to doing the things we want to do week in, week out and that’s all we can ask for. Senatore is one of those wonderful invisible players who do all the good things without being noticed.
“I was really pleased to see him put in an emotional performance against Bath and lead from the front when he was up against one of the best in the world (Francois Louw) and it was a decent contest.”