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Pumas lose Ayerza before kick-off

2015-10-30 21:49
Marcos Ayerza (AP)

London - Argentina prop Marcos Ayerza has been ruled out of the Pumas team for their World Cup Bronze Final against South Africa at London's Olympic Stadium on Friday.

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The 32-year-old veteran of 66 Tests suffered a hamstring injury during training and has been replaced in the front row by Juan Figallo, with Santiago Garcia Botta taking Figallo's place on the bench.

It is understood the injury will keep Ayerza, who plays club rugby for English giants Leicester, out of action for a couple of weeks.

Ayerza joined Leicester in 2006 and has since has made 214 appearances for the Midlands club.

A popular figure with the Tigers faithful, Ayerza was granted a testimonial by Leicester during the 2014/15 season.


South Africa:

15 Willie le Roux, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Francois Louw, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Beast Mtawarira

Substitutes: 16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Jannie du Plessis, 19 Lood de Jager, 20 Willem Alberts, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 Jan Serfontein


15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez (captain), 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Javier Ortega Desio, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Juan Figallo

Substitutes: 16 Lucas Noguera, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Santiago Garcia Botta, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Martin Landajo, 21 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 22 Juan Pablo Socino


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