Super Rugby 2019: Jaguares coach thinks Argentinean players will be best prepared for World Cup

With All Blacks Super Rugby game time heavily dictated by national bosses, it's a very different story for Argentina's players.

The Jaguares have free rein to play who they want when they want and against the Hurricanes on Friday will field a starting 15 all with test experience.

"We don't have a rule like the All Blacks or no one is pushing me to do that but we are trying to make sure none of these players is too tired when the World Cup arrives," Jaguares coach Gonzalo Quesada says.

However, with the Rugby World Cup in Japan just four months away, player's game time has been meticulously calculated.

"We've been comparing, we put the 20 players that we think will be the All Blacks, the 20 most Wallabies and South Africans that we think has the most chances of playing," Quesada, who played in two World Cups for Argentina, adds.

"We did the same with our players and when we see that picture we are really better rested than other teams."

Factor in travel and Argentina's only Super Rugby franchise have a lot of planning to do.

After playing the Stormers two weeks ago in Buenos Aires, the team caught a flight the very next day and only arrived in Dunedin last Tuesday to face the Highlanders on Saturday.

"It's not about starting team and substitutes, it's just putting the guys that have the best energy because of the sequences of games we've been playing plus the trips," Quesada says.

The national side will need its players to get as much rest as they can get in the lead up to September's showpiece.

Argentina is drawn in the pool of death alongside England and France, making a third trip the semi-finals in four tournaments just that much harder.

However, the Jaguares might be their own worst enemy, making the playoffs last year and sitting second on the African conference this year.

The playoffs are again a real possibility meaning they'll have to use their players longer.

And falling just five points short against the Highlanders last weekend, they're eager to leave New Zealand with a win.

"We know that Hurricanes is one of the best teams in the competition and we know that and we know all the individuals, all the All Blacks play in this team so we will have to be ready," loose forward Juan Manual Leguizamon says.

Join us for live updates of the Hurricanes v Jaguares from 7:30pm on Friday 17 May.


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