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Pumas, Chiefs and The Rugby Championship

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Fresh from his country’s debut in the newly established ‘The Rugby Championship’, Argentinian and Exeter Chiefs winger, Gonzalo Camacho took time out to chat to Exeposé Sport

ful teams. We are putting rugby where it deserves to be. The tournament will not just help the national team but also local rugby and young guys coming through the system. “We are learning a lot from these big matches. We didn’t win any of them this time but a few were very close and against Australia we were winning right until the last minute- it is all a good learning process.”

“I moved to the Chiefs for a new challenge. It is a step up in terms of my role in the team and I’m enjoying it”

HAVING grown up in a predominantly football dominated atmosphere in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Camacho started playing rugby at St John’s English School in the country’s capital at the age of 10 and quickly blossomed into a young talent. “I found rugby quite easy because my school was very sporty.” By 15 he decided rugby was the game for him and joined Buenos Aires Cricket and Rugby Club and by the age of 18 Camacho regularly represented the 1st XV. He continued to play for the amateur side and his province until 2009 when he signed for current Aviva Pre-

miership champions, Harlequins. Before his move to London Camacho was just breaking into the national set-up with appearance for the Argentinian sevens team in 2005 before his full 15-a-side debut versus Uruguay in May 2008.

“People have realised how important rugby is and how good we are. We had over 40,000 supporters at these games” “I wanted to keep playing for the

Pumas [the nickname for the Argentinian national side] so I wanted to improve my skills and my knowledge of rugby and the best way to do that was to play professional rugby. “The first season was very hard for me as after only playing five matches I got a leg injury in the Heineken Cup. Three months later I was running again. That was my first real down point since my move but all is good now.” Since that setback the winger has gone from strength to strength. Camacho left Quins on a high having scored a last minute winning try in the Amlin Challenge Cup Final against Stade

Français in 2011 and went on to represent Argentina in the Rugby World Cup in the same year. Argentina’s national rugby set up has dramatically improved during Camacho’s career and with the creation of ‘The Rugby Championship’ they will now annually pit their wits against New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, arguably the best three teams in world rugby. Camacho certainly thinks that the only way is up for his nation now: “The Pumas will play much better, dynamic rugby and will hopefully be able to compete with the more power-

EUMHC climb table after holding off Men’s Hockey Andrew Ross EUMHC Team Member

LAST Sunday 21 October saw EUMHC 1st XI face up to a high flying and confidence rich Guildford side in a battle for bragging rights at the top of the Western Conference table.

“The opening stages saw Exeter shrug off the long journey and fully assert themselves in what was set to be an intense encounter” The opening stages saw Exeter shrug off the long journey and fully assert themselves in what was set to be an intense encounter. Good hockey was displayed by both sides with Exeter

having the better of the possession, eventually paying off with a tantalising play cutting open the Guildford defence, providing Nick Cooper with an opportunity on the reverse which he duly hammered home giving Exeter a well deserved lead. Guildford reacted well, forming some commendable counter attack play. But Exeter showed tangible fortitude in defence to keep the score line 1-0 at half time. The break allowed Guildford to regroup. They came out with a great deal of determination, pressing the Exeter defence hard. Composure was displayed by all, with Oliver Clarke displaying his pedigree at the back. The boys in green worked the ball well and were rewarded with a short corner. Andrew Ross fired the ball into the pads of the goal keeper who failed to effectively clear. A delightful piece of

Rugby in Argentina has a fierce competitor in football, when it comes to public support but Camacho noted that his sport seems to be catching the imagination of his homeland. “With The Rugby Championship, bringing these massive teams to Argentina people have realised how important rugby is and how good we are. We had over 40,000 supporters at these games which we weren’t really expecting!” With internationals over for a few weeks Camacho is now concentrating on his club career. Due to commitments with Argentina he has not featured this season but is keen to get his Exeter campaign up and running. “I moved to the Chiefs for a new challenge. It is a step up in terms of my role in the team and I’m enjoying it.” “Every match is important to us and we go out to win. The playoffs would be the next step up for us but we’re always just thinking about the next game.” If Chiefs can make it to the Premiership semi-finals it would be a fantastic achievement having only been promoted in 2010. Sustaining solid performances in Europe and in the domestic league will be a tough ask but who’s not to say that they are up for the challenge.

Table: England Hockey

>> How it stands; Men’s Western Conference

skill from Ian Haley saw Nick Cooper faced with another opportunity on goal which he did not hesitate to bury. Exeter had the two goal margin which they were hunting.

A real dog fight ensued. Guildford threw absolutely everything they had at Exeter. To say EUMHC remained intrepid would not quite do it justice. A courageous and dogged 11-man

defence by EUMHC kept Guildford at bay for the remainder of the bout. The game ended with a final score of EUMHC 2 Guildford 0.

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