Buenos Aires - Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has named an extended squad that includes six uncapped players ahead of their Rugby Championship campaign.
The new coach, who takes over from Daniel Hourcade, has selected new faces Marco Ciccioli, Diego Fortuny, Lucas Favre, Mayco Vivas, Franco Molina and Santiago Grondon, as Los Pumas prepare for their opening game against South Africa at Kings Park in Durban next weekend (August 18).
Ledesma has opted for a 36-man squad which includes household names such as Agustin Creevy, Pablo Matera, Nicolas Sanchez and Emiliano Boffelli.
They will be looking to improve on last season's Rugby Championship campaign when they lost all six of their games.
Extended Argentina squad for Rugby Championship
Forwards: Matias Alemanno, Rodrigo Bruni, Marco Ciccioli, Agustin Creevy, Lucas Favre, Diego Fortuny, Santiago Garcia Botta, Santiago Grondona, Marcos Kremer, Ignacio Larrague, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Vivas Mayco, Santiago Medrano, Franco Molina, Julian Montoya, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Juan Zeiss
Backs: Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastian Cancelliere, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Bautista Delguy, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Martin Landajo, Juan Cruz Mallia, Matias Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Nicolas Sanchez