Ar­gentina to play through the grief

The Irish Times - Sports Weekend - - RUGBY -

Ar­gentina will not be dis­tracted by grief as they pre­pare to take on Scot­land to­day de­spite the death of for­ward Mar­cos Kre­mer’s part­ner this week, his team-mate Se­bas­tian Can­cel­liere in­sists.

Pu­mas lock Kre­mer has flown home af­ter his 23-year-old part­ner Sofia Pozzi died of leukaemia on Mon­day. Can­cel­liere says his team have put their sad­ness to one side as they pre­pare to take on Gre­gor Townsend’s men at Mur­ray­field. “We are a very close group so it was a dif­fi­cult mo­ment for the whole team,” said wing Can­cel­liere, who will start on the bench. “When we go back, we’re go­ing to be very close to Mar­cos, but we are not go­ing to use that as an ex­cuse or ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion for this.”

The Pu­mas suf­fered a record 44-15 loss when they last met the Scots in the sum­mer. Al­though they recorded im­pres­sive wins over South Africa and Aus­tralia dur­ing the Rugby Cham­pi­onship un­der new coach Mario Ledesma, they come into the clash in Ed­in­burgh on the back of four straight de­feats.

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