Rugby Championship

Pumas make two changes

2012-09-11 10:02
Juan Martin Hernandez (File)

Gold Coast - Argentina has made two changes to its lineup, at halfback and fullback, for Saturday's Rugby Championship Test against Australia.

The Pumas will use the same forward pack that strongly tested New Zealand before going down 21-5 last weekend. But Martin Landajo has been named at scrumhalf ahead of Nicolas Vergallo and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino at fullback, replacing Martin Rodriguez.

Lock and vice-captain Patricio Albacete has been named to play his 50th Test, lining up against Nathan Sharpe who will captain Australia in his 109th test appearance.

Juan Martin Hernandez has held the starting flyhalf role and will form a renewed partnership with Landajo, who has been named to play his 11th Test.

Argentina has retained the strong backrow which competed well with New Zealand, led by No 8 and captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Veteran prop Rodrigo Roncero, who scored Argentina's only try against New Zealand, will line up in his 53rd Test.

Argentina has played three matches so far in the inaugural four-nation Rugby Championship for a loss and a draw against South Africa and a loss to New Zealand.

Australia beat South Africa on Saturday after two losses to New Zealand.


15 Berrick Barnes, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dave Dennis, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota Nau, 1 Benn Robinson

Substitutes: 16 Stephen Moore/Saia Fainga'a, 17 James Slipper, 18 Scott Higginbotham, 19 Liam Gill, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Anthony Fainga'a, 22 Kurtley Beale


15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero

Substitutes: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Leonardo Senatore, 19 Toms Leonardi, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Martin Rodriguez, 22 Juan Imhoff


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