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Ayerza: Adversity can work for us

Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza has urged the Pumas to use recent adversity to fuel their challenge against England in the QBE International at Twickenham.

Reports of a rift in the camp followed the surprise resignation of Santiago Phelan, who objected to information being leaked to the media.

Daniel Hourcade has been appointed Phelan's successor and is overseeing his first match as Argentina, who finished bottom of the Rugby Championship, seek to end a six-match losing run.

"In rugby you use adversity to your advantage, that's the way you get the most out of it. That's the way forward," Leicester loosehead Ayerza said.

"We'll put everything that's happened into our game and go back to basics.

"It has been a tough time with the way things finished with Phelan after all the hard work he put in over six years.

"We knew already that he would be leaving at the end of the year, but he decided to leave early and that was a big thing.

"But everyone is looking forward to see how we can become a better rugby nation.

"We are playing a team that have lost just one game of the last nine they have played. It will be an amazing moment for Argentinian rugby."

Argentina have a formidable scrum and Ayerza insists it remains a useful weapon in their armoury.

"I love scrums, they're an amazing part of the game. England have an amazing scrum that gives them a solid platform. It will be interesting to see how we do against them," he said.

"Historically we are known for our scrum but then the game got faster and people thought it would become less important.

"But last year our scrum started getting a leg over other teams and we used it as a platform to get penalties, psychological dominance and field position."


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