CONSUR Sevens champions name Hong Kong squad
Following their recent triumph at the CONSUR Sevens championship in Rio de Janeiro, Argentina Sevens coach Andres Romagnoli has named his squad for the next two rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series.
Having beaten Uruguay in the final in Rio to reclaim the South American title, Romagnoli's focus turns to the 2013 Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens which takes place on 22-24 March, a week before the Tokyo Sevens.
Nicolas Bruzzone retains the captaincy and Los Pumas will face pool matches with Wales, South Africa and Australia.
Argentina currently sit seventh in the overall standings, with their best performance coming in Port Elizabeth when they reached the Cup semi finals.
Los Pumas Sevens squad for Hong Kong and Tokyo: Lucas Alcacer, Juan Ignacio Brex, Nicolas Bruzzone, Valentin Cruz, Lucas De Vincenzi, Ezequiel Faralle, Agustin Migliore, Matias Moroni, Anibai Panceyra Garrido, Facundo Panceyra Garrido, Gaston Revol, Franco Sabato
Series qualifying explained: Hong Kong & London
From the end of the 2012/13 HSBC Sevens World Series, promotion and relegation from core team status comes into effect, with a pre-qualifying competition in Hong Kong (round 6) and a final core team qualifier in London (round 9).
The Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens will feature 28 teams and two competitions: In the first, the 15 current core teams and the winner of the HSBC Asian Sevens Series, Hong Kong, will compete for the famous Hong Kong title and World Series points. In the second, 12 regional teams - two from each of the six IRB regions - will compete for four places at the core team qualifying final in London.
The Marriott London Sevens will feature 20 teams and two competitions: In the first, the top 12-ranked sides in the HSBC Sevens World Series after round 8, the Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens, will compete for the London title and final World Series points. In the second, the 13th-, 14th- and 15th-ranked core teams after the Glasgow event will compete against the four qualifiers from Hong Kong and Asian champions Hong Kong for the three available core team places on the 2013/14 HSBC Sevens World Series.