Updated: Friday, 13 December 2013 02:33 | By Agence France-Presse

Hourcade to stay on as Pumas' coach

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has been given a vote of confidence in the form of a new contract putting him in charge of the Pumas until the 2015 World Cup.

Hourcade to stay on as Pumas' coach

Newly appointed Argentina's national rugby team coach Daniel Hourcade looks on during the captain's run of the Pumas at the Olympic Stadium in Rome on November 22, 2013

There had been doubts about his position following a disappointing November Test series in which his side lost to Wales and England and struggled to beat Italy.

But Argentina Rugby Federation chief Agustin Pichot said that he had done enough to show that he could revive the team's fortunes.

"Daniel has come through the federal ranks as a coach and we are fully confident that he can ensure we have a very successful World Cup," said the former Pumas scrum-half.

"It is not going to be easy leading up to the World Cup, but we will depend on his experience and human qualities."

Hourcade was drafted in as national team coach after the surprise resignation of Santiago Phelan in October following a disappointing showing by Argentina in the Rugy Championship series against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

The choice took many by surprise as Hourcade was little known internationally where he coached in Portugal and at Rouen in France.

But back home he made his name by being head coach with the youth team, the sevens squad and the Argentina "B" side.

With 10 defeats in 12 matches this year and a squad ravaged by internal divisions, Hourcade will face a tough task in getting the Pumas ready for the World Cup.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn