Pumas tour without Pablo Matera
August 29, 2014
Pablo Matera has made a big impression in his 13 Tests © Getty Images
Argentina will play their next round of Rugby Championship Tests against New Zealand and Australia without Pablo Matera, as the outstanding blindside flanker sustained a partial shoulder dislocation in the Pumas' latest defeat by the Springboks in Salta.
Matera will miss at least two matches after an MRI scan confirmed the damage.
Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade, meanwhile, added wing-fullback Juan Imhoff, flanker Benjamin Macome and hooker Santiago Iglesias Valdez to the squad that pushed the Springboks to the limit in Pretoria and Salta,
Argentina play the All Blacks in Napier on September 6 and the Wallabies on the Gold Coast on September 13.
Argentina squad to play in Australia and New Zealand
Horacio Agulla, Matias Alemanno, Marcos Ayerza, Rodrigo Baez, Marcelo Bosch, Matias Cortese, Agustan Creevy, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Mariano Galarza, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Ramiro Herrera, Juan Imhoff, Martin Landajo, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Benjamin Macome, Manuel Montero, Lucas Noguera Paz, Bruno Postiglioni, Nicolas Sanchez, Leonardo Senatore, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Joaquin Tuculet.
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