QBE Internationals: Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza hoping to cause an upset

Last Updated: 09/11/13 7:37am

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Alex Payne and Stuart Barnes look ahead to England's QBE International clash with Argentina.

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Marcos Ayerza is looking forward to an "amazing moment for Argentinian rugby" when they line up against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Pumas will be playing their first match under new coach Daniel Hourcade following the earlier-than-expected departure of former boss Santiago Phelan.

Having initially planned to step down at the end of the year, Phelan instead tendered his resignation due to objections over information being leaked to the media.

Argentina also go into the match off the back of six straight defeats but Ayerza has called on his team-mates to go back to basics as they bid to upset their hosts.

"In rugby you use adversity to your advantage, that's the way you get the most out of it. That's the way forward," the Leicester loosehead said.

"We'll put everything that's happened into our game and go back to basics.

"It has been a tough time with the way things finished with Phelan after all the hard work he put in over six years.

"We knew already that he would be leaving at the end of the year, but he decided to leave early and that was a big thing.

"But everyone is looking forward to see how we can become a better rugby nation.

"We are playing a team that have lost just one game of the last nine they have played. It will be an amazing moment for Argentinian rugby."


The Pumas have a formidable scrum and Ayerza insists it remains a useful weapon in their armoury.

"I love scrums, they're an amazing part of the game. England have an amazing scrum that gives them a solid platform. It will be interesting to see how we do against them," he said.

"Historically we are known for our scrum but then the game got faster and people thought it would become less important.

"But last year our scrum started getting a leg over other teams and we used it as a platform to get penalties, psychological dominance and field position."

Watch England take on Argentina live on Sky Sports 2 and Sky 3D, coverage starts at 1.30pm on Saturday. If you can't catch the match, click on skysports.com for interactive commentary from Twickenham

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