The London Irish trio of Agustín Creevy, Lucio Cinti and Juan Martín González have all been named in Michael Cheika’s Argentina squad for their series against Scotland this July, with Facundo Gigena named in an Argentina XV to tour Europe this summer.
In a proud moment for the Club, all of London Irish’s Argentine contingent will be representing their country over the next few months in what is Cheika’s first squad announcement since assuming the Head Coach role in March of this year.
Creevy’s leadership and try-scoring exploits this term commanded attention, and the hooker now has a chance to represent his nation for the first time since the 2019 Rugby World Cup.
The former Argentina captain, who currently retains 89 caps, scored a Club-high 18 tries in a presiding third season with London Irish.
Cinti and González, both mid-season signatures for the west Londoners, are in line for their eighth and ninth respective caps after making a sizeable impact in their maiden campaign in the capital.
The versatile back touched down three times in green this term including in vital wins en route to a first domestic cup final as a Premiership side in 20 years, whilst González has made the most dominant tackles (8) at the Club this year in addition to his own three tries.
Los Pumas’ billing of three test matches, their first on home soil since 2019, against Gregor Townsend’s side will take place across the 2nd (Estadio 23 de Agosto), 9th (Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena) and 16th July (Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades), all kicking off at 8.10pm BST.
Veteran loosehead prop Gigena lined up 21 times for Irish this season and played an important role in the Club’s run to the Premiership Rugby Cup final, and has now been rewarded with a place in the Argentina XV select squad.
The team will play out two fixtures on the continent this July against Rugby Europe Championship teams, firstly against Georgia on the 3rd of July in Kutaisi and then against Portugal the following week in Lisbon on July 9th.
Argentina squad to host Scotland:
Matías Alemanno (73)
Lautaro Bazán Vélez (0)
Emiliano Boffeli (38)
Rodrigo Bruni (14)
Santiago Carreras (19)
Santiago Chocobares (11)
Lucio Cinti (7)
Santiago Cordero (44)
Agustín Creevy (89)
Tomás Cubelli (82)
Jerónimo De la Fuente (65)
Bautista Delguy (22)
Thomas Gallo (4)
Gonzalo García (3)
Francisco Gómez Kodela (11)
Juan Martín González (8)
Santiago Grondona (6)
Juan Imhoff (37)
Facundo Isa (37)
Marcos Kremer (44)
Tomás Lavanini (68)
Juan Cruz Mallía (13)
Pablo Matera (80)
Julián Montoya (capitán, 75)
Matías Orlando (47)
Lucas Paulos (5)
Guido Petti Pagadizábal (66)
Ignacio Ruiz (0)
Nicolás Sánchez (93)
Joël Sclavi (0)
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (67)
Benjamín Urdapilleta (16)
Mayco Vivas (12)
Argentina XV summer tour squad:
Tomás Albornoz (Benetton Treviso)
Bautista Bernasconi (CASI)
Manuel Bernstein (Ateneo Inmaculada –CRAI–)
Gonzalo Bertranou (Newport Dragons)
Martín Bogado (Jockey Club Córdoba)
Facundo Bosch (Stade Rochelais)
Ignacio Calles (Section Paloise)
Sebastián Cancelliere (Glasgow Warriors)
Mateo Carreras (Newcastle Falcons)
Facundo Cordero (Exeter Chiefs)
Javier Coronel (Universitario de La Plata)
Tomás Cubilla (Alumni)
Julián Domínguez (Austin Gilgronis)
Rodrigo Fernández Criado (Belgrano)
Facundo Gigena (London Irish)
Jerónimo Gómez Vara (Rosario)
Francisco Gorrissen (captain, Vannes)
Federico Lavanini (Hindú/Cafeteros Pro)
Tomás Lezana (Scarlets)
Santiago Medrano (Western Force/Worcester)
Lucas Mensa (Stade Montois)
Franco Molina (Jockey Club Córdoba/Selknam)
Eliseo Morales (Universitario de Salta/Cafeteros Pro)
Matías Moroni (Leicester Tigers)
Joaquín Oviedo (Perpignan)
Enrique Pieretto (Glasgow Warriors)
Gerónimo Prisciantelli (CASI/Jaguares XV)
Santiago Ruiz (Regatas Bella Vista)
Agustín Segura (Jockey Club Córdoba)
Santiago Socino (Gloucester)