Rugby Championship

Pumas change three for ABs

2014-09-25 18:03
Daniel Hourcade (AFP)

La Plata - Argentina have made three changes to the team beaten by Australia for a Rugby Championship Test against New Zealand in La Plata Saturday.

Tomas Cubelli comes in at scrum-half for Martin Landajo, who drops to the bench for the fifth-round fixture at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.

Thomas Lavanini returns at lock with Los Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade demoting Matias Alemanno to the replacements.

The final change to the run-on side sees Benjamin Macome, a substitute in the 32-25 defeat by the Wallabies, elevated in place of injured Juan Manuel Leguizamon.

In a replacements' reshuffle only hooker Matias Cortese, prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and loose forward Rodrigo Baez remain of the eight selected for the Gold Coast Test.

In come prop Lucas Noguera Paz, centre Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias and wing Horacio Aguilla, and Landajo and Alemanno complete the bench.

New Zealand scored four tries for a bonus-point 28-9 victory over Argentina in Napier this month and will seek a sixth consecutive Rugby Championship victory over the South Americans.

Another bonus-point All Blacks victory in La Plata will seal a third consecutive southern hemisphere title for the reigning world champions.



15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Tomás Cubelli, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Benjamin Macome, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy, 1 Marcos Ayerza

Substitutes: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Báez, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Horacio Agulla

New Zealand

15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Cory Jane


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