Rugby Championship

Argentina bulk up squad after Bok Tests

2018-08-28 13:10
Mario Ledesma (Getty)

Cape Town - Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has made four changes to his squad for their upcoming Rugby Championship games in New Zealand and Australia.

Three of the alterations are amongst the forwards with front-row Gaston Cortes, veteran back-row Juan Manuel Leguizamon and hooker Julian Montoya recalled to the squad.

Montoya was ruled out of Los Pumas' first two Tests against the Springboks due to injury and returns to the squad at the expense of Facundo Bosch.

The only other change is in the back-line where centre Matias Orlando is back in the fold after recovering from injury.

Argentina face a daunting task against tournament pace-setters New Zealand in Nelson on September 8 but Ledesma and his charges will be in a confident mood after beating South Africa 32-19 in Mendoza at the weekend.

That result was only Los Pumas' third Rugby Championship win since they joined the tournament in 2012 and ended an 11-match winless run.

Argentina squad:

Forwards: Matias Alemanno, Gaston Cortes, Agustin Creevy (c), Diego Fortuny, Santiago Garcia Botta, Marcos Kremer, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Pablo Matera, Santiago Medrano, Julian Montoya, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Juan Zeiss

Backs: Santiago Alvarez, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Bautista Delguy, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Martin Landajo, Juan Cruz Mallia, Matias Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Nicolas Sanchez

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