Nelson - Argentina, exuding a renewed self-belief, have made
four changes to their side for the Rugby Championship clash against the All
Blacks in Nelson on Saturday.
A win over South Africa in their last outing, snapping an
11-match losing streak in the competition, has boosted Argentina's confidence
as they pursue a first-ever victory over New Zealand.
In the side named Thursday, Garcia Botta enters the front
row to replace Juan Figallo who has returned to his club Saracens, while Tomas
Lezana will start on the flank with Pablo Matera dropping to the bench.
Scrumhalf Martin Landajo gets his first start since playing
Scotland in June with Tomas Cubelli in the reserves, while Jeronimo de la
Fuenta replaces Bautista Ezcurra in the centres.
There are also three new faces among the replacements in
Juan Pablo Zeiss, Julian Montoya and Gaston Cortes.
The Pumas have never beaten the All Blacks in their 26
previous Tests, with a 21-all draw 33 years ago their best effort.
But their recent 32-19 win over South Africa in Mendoza has
done wonders for morale, according to wing Ramiro Moyano, who clinched the
victory with their fourth and final try.
"The victory against South Africa helped a lot in that
sense because it gave us a lot of confidence to win and see that what we are
doing is paying off," he said.
"We have to keep trusting in our game plan and,
fundamentally, try not to make mistakes."
15 Ben Smith; 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Waisake Naholo; 10 Richie Mo'unga, 9 TJ Perenara; 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Shannon Frizell; 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick; 3 Owen Franks, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe
Subtitutes: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Samuel Whitelock, 20 Luke Whitelock, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Anton Lienert-Brown
15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Tomas Lezana, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Chaparro Tetaz, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Garcia Botta
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Gaston Cortez, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia