Argentina Rugby
Santiago Phelan resigns as Argentinian coach
ESPN Staff
October 22, 2013
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan shakes hands with former All Blacks coach Graham Henry following the latter's arrival to begin work as an adviser to the Pumas, Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 30, 2012
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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