Santiago Phelan resigns as Argentinian coach
October 22, 2013
Santiago Phelan guided Argentina to the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals, but was unable to achieve a win in the Rugby Championship © PA Photos
Santiago Phelan resigned as coach of the Argentine rugby team on Monday ending a five-year spell in charge. His departure leaves Argentina without a full-time coach on the eve of their three-Test tour of Europe.
The 39-year-old, who guided the Pumas to the 2011 World Cup quarter-finals after succeeding Marcello Loffreda, had been widely expected to step down when his contract ended in December.
Phelan, who will face the press later today, has just come off a Rugby Championship in which the Pumas lost all six of their games to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in their second year in the four-nation tournament.
He made his coaching debut in June 2008 against Scotland. Phelan enjoyed success as a player, being capped 44 times at flanker and playing all his club rugby for Club Athletico San Isidro.
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