Argentina call on big guns
August 17, 2011
The hugely influential Contepomi will be back in the fly-half berth for the Pumas on Saturday © Getty Images
Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has selected his strongest available line-up for their clash with Wales on Saturday.
The Pumas' boss has made six changes to the side that started the 78-15 victory over a South American Select XV on August 6 with prop Rodrigo Roncero, hooker Mario Ledesma, lock Patricio Albacete, back-row forward Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and fly-half Felipe Contepomi all returning to the side.
Contepomi will be partnered by scrum-half Nicolas Vergallo and they will be joined in the backs by new Exeter Chiefs winger Gonzalo Camacho and Leicester Tigers speedster Horacio Agulla. In the centres, Santiago Fernandez lines up alongside Biarritz's Marcelo Bosch - one of 12 players based in the Top 14 in the line-up. Regular first-team centre Gonzalo Tiesi will miss the clash due to a shoulder injury.
The back-row has a familiar look to it with Toulon's Juan Fernandez Lobbe packing down along Juan Manuel Leguizamon and Julio Farias Cabello. In the second-row, the Pumas will look to Patricio Albacete for inspiration and he is joined in the engine room by Manuel Carizza. The experienced loose-head Rodrigo Roncero is joined in the front-row by veteran Mario Ledesma and Juan Figallo.
The match is the second of the Pumas three warm-up matches with a clash with Premiership new boys Worcester Warriors scheduled for August 23.
Argentina: Martin Rodriguez, Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Gonzalo Camacho, Felipe Contepomi (c), Nicolas Vergallo; Rodrigo Roncero, Mario Ledesma, Juan Figallo, Manuel Carizza, Patricio Albacete, Julio Farias Cabello, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Fernandez Lobbe
Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Martin Scelzo, Mariano Galarza, Alejandro Campos, Alfredo Lalanne, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan Imhoff
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