Daniel Hourcade (AFP)
London - Argentina have announced a young
team with seven Rugby World Cup debutants for their Pool C opener against
holders New Zealand at Wembley on Sunday.
The seven, four forwards and three backs
who helped Argentina avoid the Rugby Championship wooden spoon for the first
time in August, are in a team with five changes from the side beaten 26-12 by
South Africa in their last test in Buenos Aires a month ago.
In the side named by coach Daniel Hourcade
on Friday Guido Petti, one of the debutants, comes into the second row for
Flank Pablo Matera, also at his first
tournament, and number eight Leonardo Senatore return to the back row.
Significantly, only one of Sunday's pack,
former captain Juan Fernandez Lobbe, did not play in Argentina's upset 37-25
win over the Springboks a week earlier in their closing Rugby Championship
clash in Durban.
Fernandez Lobbe keeps his place at openside
flank while Juan Manuel Leguizamon, a fellow veteran of the Pumas' third place
at the 2007 World Cup, drops to the bench to make way for Senatore.
In the backs, Tomas Cubelli is preferred to
fellow debutant Martin Landajo at scrumhalf to partner Nicolas Sanchez while
the experienced Saracens centre Marcelo Bosch returns in place of Matias
Five players on the bench are also in line
for their first tournament appearance as Argentina look to beat the All Blacks
for the first time.
Ben Smith, 14 Nehe Milner-Skudder, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11
Julian Savea, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie
McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3
Owen Franks, 2 Dane Coles,1 Tony Woodcock.
Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Victor Vito,
20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Beauden Barrett, 23 Sonny Bill Williams
Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martin
Hernandez, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8
Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5
Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy
(captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17
Lucas Noguera, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Juan Manuel
Leguizamon, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas