Pumas unveil side to face England
September 6, 2011
Stade Francais fly-half Felipe Contepomi will lead Argentina in Saturday's game in Dunedin © Getty Images
Argentina boss Santiago Phelan has unsurprisingly named a full-strength side to face England in their World Cup Pool B clash at the Otago Stadium in Dunedin on Saturday.
Indeed, the Pumas line-up shows just one change from the one which faced Wales in their final warm-up game, in Cardiff last month, with Gonzalo Tiesi taking over at outside centre from Marcelo Bosch.
Elsewhere, tight-head Juan Figallo, who has played just three times for his country, has retained his place in the Argentine front-row ahead Martin Scelzo, with head coach Phelan commenting: "We know he is a young player but he is developing very well. He had a very good year in Montpellier and we think he is the best option."
Meanwhile, Stade Francais fly-half Felipe Contepomi, who will skipper Argentina, is looking forward to going head-to-head with his former Toulon colleague Jonny Wilkinson. "It's a great honour. He's one of those players who doesn't come around that often and to play against him will be a great, huge honour - but we are trying to analyse England as a whole, not only as players.
"Obviously, I have a huge respect for Jonny as he is one of the best players in the world and a great man. That makes him even better."
Argentina: Martin Rodriguez; Gonzalo Camacho, Gonzalo Tiesi, Santiago Fernandez, Horacio Agulla; Felipe Contepomi (capt), Nicolas Vergallo; Rodrigo Roncero, Mario Ledesma Arocena, Juan Figallo; Manuel Carizza, Patricio Albacete; Julio Farias Cabello, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.
Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Martín Scelzo, Mariano Galarza, Alejandro Campos, Alfredo Lalanne, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Jose Imhoff.
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