Durban - Argentina have picked prop Juan Figallo for a Rugby Championship
opener against South Africa in Durban Saturday as they relax a policy of
choosing only home-based players.
Figallo from English
Premiership club Saracens was not included in the original 36-strong
squad named by new coach and former national team hooker Mario Ledesma.
he was named on Thursday as the tighthead prop in a front row completed by
loosehead Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and captain and hooker Agustin Creevy.
Since coming fourth at the 2015 World Cup in England, the Pumas
have ignored Argentines playing in Europe and based the team around
Buenos Aires-based Super Rugby outfit Jaguares.
However, a run of
just six victories in 28 internationals, including three humiliating
home losses two months ago to weakened Wales and Scotland sides, forced a
Figallo is one of three changes to the pack that started in a 44-15 drubbing from the Scots in Resistencia.
replaces loosehead Juan Diaz with Chaparro switching sides and Marcos
Kremer and Javier Ortega Desio come into the back row for Tomas Lezana
and Leonardo Senatore.
Lezana is among the eight replacements while an injury sidelined veteran Senatore for the clash with the Springboks.
Emiliano Boffelli, winger Bautista Delguy, inside centre Bautista
Ezcurra and flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez survive from the starting backline
Ledesma preferred outside centre Matias Moroni,
winger Ramiro Moyano and scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou to Matias Orlando,
Sebastian Cancelliere and long-serving Martin Landajo.
whose halfback partnership with Sanchez was a key factor in the
impressive 2015 World Cup run in England, is among the replacements.
A significant change on the bench is uncapped Diego Fortuny getting the nod ahead of long-time reserve hooker Julian Montoya.
Saturday's Test is scheduled for 17:05.
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Makazole Mapimpi, 13 Lukhanyo Am, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Faf de Klerk, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Francois Louw, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Tendai Mtawarira
Substitutes: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Marco van Staden, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Lionel Mapoe, 23 Damian Willemse
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Substitutes: 16 Diego Fortuny, 17 Santiago Garcia Botta, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia