Fessia replaces crocked Galindo
August 29, 2011
Wasps' Genaro Fessia will come into the side © Getty Images
Argentina have been dealt a blow ahead of the World Cup after back-row Alvaro Galindo was ruled out of the tournament.
The Racing Metro flanker pulled a thigh muscle during their Top 14 clash with Montpellier and has since been forced to pull out of the Pumas' 30-man squad for the tournament. In his place comes Wasps back-row Genaro Fessia.
Fessia's arrival at Adams Park was only confirmed last week with the Argentinean joining on a trial period. He started for Wasps against Treviso in their pre-season friendly on Saturday and was joined in the matchday squad by fellow new back-row recruits Matt Everard and James Harris. Fessia has nine caps to his name - earned between 2007 and 2010 - and was a notable omission from the Pumas' original World Cup squad.
Argentina squad - revised:
Forwards: Patricio Albacete (Toulouse), Marcos Ayerza (Leicester Tigers), Maximiliano Bustos (Montpellier) Alejandro Campos (Agen), Manuel Carizza (Biarritz), Agustin Creevy (Montpellier), Julio Alfredo Farias Cabello (Tucuman RC), Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon), Genaro Fessia (Wasps), Juan Figallo (Montpellier), Mariano Galarza (Pampas XV), , Mario Ledesma (no club), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Lyon), Rodrigo Roncero (Stade Francais), Martin Scelzo (Agen), Leonardo Senatore (Gimnasia y Esgrima Rosario), Nicolas Vergallo (Toulouse)
Backs: Horacio Agulla (Leicester Tigers), Marcelo Bosch (Biarritz), Gonzalo Camacho (Exeter), Felipe Contepomi (Stade Francais), Santiago Fernandez (Montpellier), Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino (Montpellier), Agustin Gosio (Club Newman), Juan Jose Imhoff (Duendes RC Rosario), Alfredo Lalanne (London Irish), Martin Rodriguez (Stade Francais) Federico Sanches (Bordeaux Begles), Gonzalo Tiesi (Stade Francais) Tomas Vallejos (Harlequins)
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