BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Daniel Hourcade has taken over as coach of Argentina less than three weeks before meeting England at Twickenham in the first match of a three-test rugby tour of Europe.
Hourcade was confirmed accidentally by Argentine Rugby Union board member Agustin Pichot on Tuesday at the news conference of departing coach Santiago Phelan.
Phelan, contracted to December, quit after six seasons on principle, as he was upset that disagreements with his coaching staff and some players became public.
Hourcade will be the Pumas coach for only the tour games against England on Nov. 9, then Wales and Italy. But Pichot hoped he will prove himself and stay on to the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Last week, Hourcade led Argentina's B side, the Jaguars, to a fourth successive Americas Rugby Championship in Canada. He's guided the C side, the Pampas XV, since 2010 in South Africa's second division.
Hourcade has also coached Portugal Sevens, and was Portugal's assistant coach at the 2007 World Cup.